Percepto raises USD67m, receives FAA waiver for autonomous drone inspections

Drone services provider Percepto has announced a combined USD67 million Series C in equity and debt funding, led by Koch Disruptive Technologies (KDT), alongside new investors Zimmer Partners and one of the largest US energy companies. The round includes participation from existing investors US Venture Partners, Delek US Holdings, Atento Capital, Spider Capital and Arkin Holdings, bringing the total investment in the company to more than USD120 million.

Percepto recently received a nationwide beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), allowing the company to provide any US critical infrastructure site with remotely-operated automated drones without the need for site specific approvals from the FAA. A game changer for the industry, this waiver removes logistical and cost barriers, such as the need for radars or people on the ground, fueling the adoption of autonomous drone technology, says the press release.

Percepto Co-founder and CEO Dor Abuhasira said: “Organizations are increasingly discovering the benefits of autonomous and remote drone operations to automate facility inspections and data analysis across their sites. With this new round of funding, new strategic investors, and the new regulations that significantly increase the access to using autonomous drones, the conditions are ripe for the autonomous drone market to expand, and for Percepto to meet the growing demand for automated drone inspections and monitoring at industrial sites.”

Percepto Autonomous Inspection & Monitoring (AIM), the company’s visual inspection solution powered by autonomous drones, robots and AI, enables critical infrastructure sites to increase the frequency and quality of inspections via automation. The solution automates the visual inspection workflow, from data collection to AI-powered analysis and insights. Companies, such as Siemens Energy, can take preventative measures to make sites more productive while minimizing the risk of environmental and safety incidents to meet their environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) goals, says Percepto.

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