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Skycatch raises $ 25 million for its 3D drone mapping solution

Skycatch announced this Thursday, March 25, 2021 to have raised $ 25 million, reports TechCrunch. A fundraiser led by ADB Ventures and Wavemaker for the start-up that provides automation tools for aerial data capture, processing and visualization. The data captured are high precision 3D images of a site. This allows it to offer a digital twin of a site under construction or a quarry.

Ultra-precise mapping
“The process of generating high precision data down to the centimeter is extremely difficult, comments Christian Sanz, co-founder and CEO, to TechCrunch. This is often achieved by the laser scanning industry “. Few solutions are offered by drones and even less when connectivity is poor or nonexistent.

In its early days, Skycatch sought to develop its own drone. But today, the start-up is embarking its technology on commercial drones, including those manufactured by DJI. The start-up supplied the 3D mapping software as well as the base station equipped with an Edge 1 processor. Skycatch also works with companies providing Lidars to capture data in more difficult environments, including underground mining operations. It promises an accuracy of 5 cm in the mapping provided. The collected data can be viewed on Skycatch software or exported to another solution such as Autodesk or ArcGIS.

One of the advantages of the start-up: its solution works even on sites with limited connectivity. An essential point for the one who offers its solution to mining operators. The start-up, founded in 2013, claims to have already deployed its technology on 10,000 sites around the world. This fundraising will allow it to expand its sales and marketing team of around fifty people.

It is possible to view the data on Skycatch software or export it to other solutions.

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