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Intel Capital backs drone developer PrecisionHawk

US, November 7, 2014: PrecisionHawk, which uses a small, lightweight UAV and cloud-based software to collect, process and analyse aerial data, has announced that Intel Capital has joined its previously announced Series B funding round of $10 million.

The new investor announced its participation at the Intel Capital Global Summit, which brings together more than 1,000 founders and CEOs from Intel Capital’s portfolio, Fortune 1000 business executives and industry leaders from around the world.

“Drones hold the promise of revolutionising many industries, some new and some very old, like farming,” said Jerry Bautista, vice president and general manager of Intel’s New Business Initiatives. “We are pleased to be working with PrecisionHawk, whose unique approach of combining remote-sensing devices with powerful data analytics fits well with Intel’s strengths in hardware and software for the Internet of Things.”

The funding was originally announced in September with New York City-based investor Millennium Technology Value Partners; Bob Young, co-founder of RedHat and founder and CEO of Lulu.com; and the Innovate Indiana Fund, an Indiana University-affiliated venture company.

PrecisionHawk is currently providing aerial data solutions to enterprise-level customers across a wide variety of industries, from agriculture, energy, forestry, and government to environmental protection. In the time since the funding was announced, the company has launched its data management and analysis tool, Data Mapper, to automatically interpret data coming off the UAV; it plans to release a new model of its fixed wing UAV, the Lancaster Mark IV, in the first quarter of 2015.

Source: SUAS News