Flox acquires FlyPulse’s drone fleet software
New Sting company Flox Robotics has acquired a new drone fleet software stack to help them successfully manage human-wildlife conflict.
Flox Robotics, a startup that provides artificial intelligence equipped autonomous drones that help protect cultivated fields from wildlife, has reached another critical technology milestone with the acquisition of Fly CC 3.0 – a drone fleet software stack previously belonging to FlyPulse AB. This puts Flox firmly on track to launch its autonomous drone solution on the market this autumn.
“This acquisition allows Flox to cut down our software development time significantly, building on top of the work that FlyPulse started in 2017. This enables us to tick the box on important legal prerequisites needed to scale up,” said Sara Nozkova, CEO of Flox.
“Upon reaching the final stage of development, Flox will be able to operate multiple, automated and beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone fleets simultaneously at different farms and fields, empowering us to ramp up our capability and meet the increasing demands from our expanding customer base,” she adds.
For the past three years Fly CC 3.0 was part of FlyPulse AB, one of the first drone fleet companies in the world. The company was declared bankrupt earlier in 2021. Fly CC 3.0 has been applied in a diverse set of use cases such as airport surveillance and flying defibrillators, both in Sweden and Africa. Through the addition of this software, Flox will benefit from added security to safely monitor drones remotely, which provides a legal advantage when gaining BVLOS flight permissions in Europe and the US.
Founded in Stockholm in December 2020, Flox – which is a spinout from KTH Royal Institute of Technology) – is the first in the world to successfully test its autonomous drone solution for wildlife management at six fields, and is now readying itself for official market introduction this Autumn with chosen early adopters (farmers and landowners) in Sweden and the US.
The agriculture industry has taken a keen interest in drone solutions for precision farming and crop protection from wildlife, with some analysts predicting the agriculture drone market to grow 30% annually until 2026, expanding its share to 15% of the booming GBP 30 billion global drone market in 2026. Flox’s solution is currently being tested by the Swedish and Norwegian rail companies in collaboration with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences to prevent collisions between trians and wildlife.
About Flox AB
Flox AB is a Stockholm-based startup with a vision to reimagine coexistence with wildlife. The company was founded in December 2020 with the aim to offer affordable tailor-made services provided by autonomous drones to protect crops from wildlife-related damages while also protecting wildlife from adverse collateral damages from the agricultural industry.