Flox Robotics Acquires FlyPulse AB’s Drone Fleet Software, Unlocking The Ability To Control Multiple Drone Fleets At Multiple Farms At The Same Time
Flox Robotics On Track To Deliver Autonomous Drone Solution To Early Adopters In The USA & Sweden In Autumn 2021
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - September 21, 2021 (PRESS RELEASE) – Flox Robotics - a startup that provides artificial intelligence equipped autonomous drones that help protect cultivated fields from wildlife, and part of the Sting accelerator startup eco-system - today announced it has reached another critical technology milestone with the acquisition of Fly CC 3.0, a drone fleet software stack which was an asset that previously belonged to FlyPulse AB. This puts Flox firmly on track for market introduction of its autonomous drone solution in Autumn this year.
“This acquisition allows us at Flox to cut down our software development time significantly, building on top of the work that FlyPulse started already in 2017, and enables us to tick the box on important legal prerequisites 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.”
For the past 3 years, Fly CC 3.0 was part of FlyPulse AB, one of the very first drone fleet companies in the world which 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 be able to benefit from the added security to safely monitor drones remotely which provides a legal advantage to gain BVLOS flight permissions in Europe and the US.
Founded in Stockholm in December 2020, and a spinout from The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden, Flox is the first in the world to so far successfully test its autonomous drone solution for wildlife management at six fields, and is now readying itself for official market introduction this Autumn at chosen Early Adopters (ie. farmers and landowners) in Sweden and the US. The agriculture industry has taken a keen interest in drone solutions for the application of 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’ solution is currently also being tested by the Swedish and Norwegian rail companies in collaboration with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, to steer off train collisions with 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.