Based on its recent analysis of the global autonomous drone-in-a-box (DIB) solutions market, Frost & Sullivan has awarded Israeli startup Percepto the 2021 Global Company of the Year Award for advancing the market with its remote autonomous drone-in-a-box for industrial sites.
"Percepto boasts the highest number of DIB deployments, most mature product line, and the most extensive customer base in the market, firmly underlining its leadership position. The company was among the first to be included in the 'gold standard' FAA's Type Certification approval process. Its autonomous technology has played a critical role in gaining waivers for beyond visual line of sight flight for clients in various countries, including the U.S, Italy, Portugal, and Israel," noted Elizabeth Whynott, Best Practices Research Analyst for Frost & Sullivan. "As Percepto works collaboratively with clients to gather information about their production performance, requirements, and daily challenges, it can better understand and anticipate the industry's needs and ultimately entrench itself in the market."
Percepto's DIB Sparrow is the most deployed solution on the market, primarily serving critical infrastructure sites, including power plants, mines, oil and gas refineries, and ports and terminals. Housed in its all-weather charging base, Sparrow is the most ruggedized DIB available and handles various payloads, including 4K day and thermal cameras to perform any task required by clients. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the level of Sparrow's automation appealed to a broader client base who urgently required remote monitoring and protection due to higher numbers of crucial staff being absent on-site, including auto and CPG manufacturers.
Sparrow is managed by Percepto's Autonomous Inspection and Monitoring (AIM) platform. The platform's unique open architecture enables the operation of third-party robots alongside their autonomous Sparrow DIB, providing visual data management and analysis from both aerial and on-the-ground sources to report trends, anomalies, and risk alerts. The platform also seamlessly delivers reports enabling industrial facilities to assess risk, minimize downtime, drive efficiency, and reduce operational costs without human intervention.
Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognize companies in various regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analyses, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.
Founded in 2014, Percepto's solutions are trusted by Fortune 500 customers in more than 10 countries including ENEL, Florida Power and Light, and Verizon. The company completed a $45 million Series B funding round last November. It also revealed at the time that it was expanding its activity into additional sectors of robotics, including a partnership with American robotics company, Boston Dynamics.