Airobotics Strikes Gold with New Mining Drone Deal in Chile

Israeli drone supplier Airobotics has unearthed a wealthy deposit of latest enterprise – digging up an unique distribution partnership with mining engineering agency RockBlast.

The deal will deploy the corporate’s absolutely autonomous drones to patrol mining websites in Chile.

The settlement additionally makes RockBlast the primary firm to introduce a completely autonomous drone system into South America for the mining business.

More than 60 bigger mining companies function throughout Chile in each open and underground websites. RockBlast and Airobotics will particularly work with Minera Centinela to assist optimize the corporate’s 24/7 operational setup.

“We’re successfully implementing our autonomous drones with Tier 1 mining companies in the US, Australia and Israel, and we’re excited to expand our operations into Chile,” mentioned Ran Krauss, CEO and Co-Founder of Airobotics. “The Optimus drone will help improve Minera Centinela’s competitiveness in the market, increase efficiency, and improve safety for its employees. Our partnership with RockBlast will also allow us to deliver our disruptive technology to mines across Chile improving the overall mining industry in the country.”

Company officers say that drones and different automated options enhance mining productiveness by 25 p.c.

According to an Airobotics’ press launch the brand new system’s features will cowl:

  • “Stockpile volumes and end-of-month reconciliation
  • Terrain mapping and alter detection
  • Asset administration and scheduling
  • Situational consciousness and emergency response
  • Infrastructure and gear inspection
  • Security and surveillance”

“Drones have positioned themselves as a technological tool of high value throughout the world, particularly in mining. As part of the growing digitization of information in mining, the data obtained by drones has become an essential factor for decision making in the different stages of the mining process and RockBlast, together with Airobotics, is a part of this new era,” mentioned Horacio Gutierrez Abelaida, CEO of RockBlast.

Airobotics’ enlargement into the mining sector comes on the heels of the agency “striking gold” in a profitable funding spherical final 12 months of $32.5 million led by BlueRun Ventures China, in addition to Microsoft Ventures, and one other strategic investor.

Investors corresponding to CRV, BRV, Noam Bardin (CEO of Waze), Richard Wooldridge (former COO/GTM of constructing eight at Facebook and former COO of Google ATAP) and David Roux (Co-Founder and former Chairman of Silver Lake Partners) additionally contributed to the funding spherical.


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