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Drones World Editor Kartikeya in Conversation with Mr. Eric Brock – CEO – Ondas Holdings

October 13, 2023

Can you brief us about Ondas Holdings and its Ondas Autonomous Systems (OAS) business unit and subsidiaries?

Ondas Holdings (Nasdaq: ONDS), is a listed company focused on next-generation wireless and autonomous drone technologies targeting government and critical infrastructure markets. Our drone businesses are organized under our Ondas Autonomous Systems (OAS) business unit and include wholly owned subsidiaries American Robotics and Airobotics. Our OAS business unit designs, develops, and markets commercial drone solutions which include the Optimus System, the world’s first FAA certified small UAS (sUAS) developed for aerial security and data capture and the Iron Drone Raider, a counter-UAS system. The Optimus and Raider platforms are highly automated, AI-powered drone systems capable of continuous, remote operation and are marketed as “drone-in-a-box” turnkey data solution services. They are deployed for critical industrial and government applications where data and information collection and processing are required.

American Robotics and Airobotics have industry leading regulatory successes which include a first of its kind FAA Type Certification for the Optimus System and having the first drone system approved by the FAA for automated operation beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) without a human operator on-site.

Recently Airobotics Optimus 1-EX Drone received U.S. FAA Type Certification, can you brief its specifications & targeted customers/Industries you are primarily focusing?

The Airobotics Optimus System is comprised of a versatile multirotor UAV known as the Optimus, which is housed in a docking station with integrated robotic systems enabling both battery swapping and payload swapping, as well as data processing and cloud transfer. We also have a secure web portal called Insightful, which allows our customers to access data and analytics collected by the Optimus during automated missions. Automated battery swapping allows for persistent availability and 24/7 operation of the Optimus as the Optimus drone can immediately be redeployed after returning to the dock for a battery swap. Similarly, the ability to autonomously swap sensors and advanced payloads without human intervention allows the Optimus System to provide multiple applications and use cases from a single location.

This is a truly autonomous system that, we believe, has unmatched and proven reliability and safety which is evidenced by our success in deploying fleets of Optimus in urban environments and our recently FAA-awarded Type Certificate for the system. We target customers for critical industrial and government applications where data and information collection and processing are required. These use cases include public safety, security and smart city deployments where routine, high-resolution automated emergency response, mapping, surveying, and inspection services are highly valued, in addition to industrial markets such as oil & gas, rail and ports which emphasize security and inspection solutions.

Source: Drones World


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