This East Falls startup, makers of an automated drone hub, raised $1M - Technical.ly Philly

Business

Jan. 24, 2019 10:20 am

This East Falls startup, makers of an automated drone hub, raised $1M

Asylon makes an autonomous system that lets drones swoop down on a station, get fresh batteries and sync their data to the cloud. Plus, what's it like to build a drone startup in Philly?

A drone sits on the Asylon battery swapping station.

(Courtesy photo)

With drones poised to play a starring role in automating industries like agriculture and construction, the infrastructure that accompanies the flying gizmos needs to be able to keep up.

That’s the driving premise behind Asylon, an East Falls startup working to bring more efficiency to industrial drone operations. The startup, founded in 2015, quietly raised $1 million of “pre-seed” capital last fall to ramp up its operations and push its integrated product, DroneCore, further to market.

“Airlines don’t just own aircraft, they also own about 100 other pieces of support equipment,” said CEO and founder Damon Henry. “We thought drones won’t be the exception and built an infrastructure for drones.”

Last year, we learned of Asylon as the makers of Drone Home, which automated battery replacement through a robotic arm. Now, with DroneCore, the company’s making a more complete sell to customers in the security space, with automated video uploads to the cloud and an artificial intelligence component.

Here’s the company’s sales pitch, in cinematic form:

“Up until now we’ve been focused on the technology,” Henry said. “But now we’ve hit our MVP and made progress last year with driving larger end users, so now we’re deploying funds to scale up operations.”

What’s ultimately helping to make the sale? A promise of 50 minutes on the hour of real-time video surveillance, which Henry says is a better metric than the competition.

Manufacturing of the platform is all done in house, out of an East Falls office where the company’s team of eight is based. By the end of the year the company plans to grow to around 12 staffers.

So, what’s it like to be a drone startup in Philadelphia, a city most often associated with cheesesteaks B2B software companies?

Advertisement

“I was slightly worried when we started a drone company here,” Henry said. “Obviously Penn has a big presence and although we didn’t know too much, as we built up we realized there’s a dozen different drone or closely related companies in the area. We’ve grown tight and collaborative with each other. Philly is the drone hub that nobody knows, including ourselves sometimes.”

-30-
JOIN THE COMMUNITY, BECOME A MEMBER
Already a member? Sign in here

Advertisement

For a glimpse into the future, look at aerial robotics

This tiny Penn-made robot snagged a Guinness World Record

The drone from this Penn spinout can fly inside mines without maps or GPS

SPONSORED

Philly

Pitch to speak at Comcast Labs Connect’s data security conference

Philadelphia

Vistar Media

Software Engineer

Apply Now
Philadelphia

Perpay

Operations Specialist

Apply Now
Philadelphia area

Chariot Solutions

Mobile Developers

Apply Now

Take a drone’s eye look at Callowhill’s newly-opened Rail Park

How Rowan students are creating a virtual world to solve real-life problems

Drexel wants to teach artists how to drone

SPONSORED

Philly

How teamwork is setting the standard for data standardization at Pinnacle 21

Chesterbrook, PA

Deacom

Front End Developer

Apply Now
Malvern, PA

Vanguard

Intermediate Software Developer

Apply Now
Malvern, PA

Vanguard

Full – Stack Engineer-Java

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Philadelphia

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!