Israeli drone startup Percepto announced that it raised $15 million in a Series A funding round led by US Venture Partners (USVP), with participation from existing investors NHN, Spider Capital and Emerge.
Percepto develops safety drones that allow militaries, refineries, ports, energy power plants, and other industrial sites to perform around the clock inspection of their facilities without human interference.
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In addition to the aerial vehicle and video camera, the service also contains a base that facilitates drone communication, as well as a cloud management platform that routes missions, manages fleets of drones and alerts users of dangers.
Last year, Percepto won the 2018 Global Enabling Technology Leadership Award by Frost & Sullivan for “employing machine vision algorithms in its proprietary Sparrow drones as part of its complete autonomous drone-in-a-box system.”
The company has to date raised a total of $27.5 million.
Founded in 2014 by Dor Abuhasira, Percepto originally targeted sports enthusiasts seeking to capture footage of themselves without physically holding a video capturing device.
Abuhasira said the new investment “accelerates our rapid trajectory,” and will enable Percepto to scale its operations and further expand its international presence.