Varun Sarwal

Problem:

Commercial drones are now being used for several different roles such as mapping farms, inspecting buildings and search-and-rescue operations. Most commercial drone automation software on the market is generic, meaning drone operators and enterprises requiring customised solutions are forced to use many different types of software to get their job done. This becomes incredibly expensive and unreliable.

Varun SarwalSolution:

Hammer Flights Ltd is the world’s first adaptive flight automation software for unmanned aerial vehicles. It is highly versatile, supporting many different types of flight automation and yet is extremely simple to use. Using modular software architecture and APIs , the software morphs according to the task at hand.

Hammer aims to empower every drone operation in the world with adaptive flight automation to make their operations more productive, creative and safe. Its next key milestone is to understand how it can scale its enterprise offerings over the next 12 to 18 months.

The commercial drone industry is currently worth $13 billion and is expected to grow to $45 billion by 2025. A lot of this growth is attributed to enterprises rapidly setting up in-house drone teams and integrating drones into their existing workflows. Each one of these businesses will be looking for a customised flight automation solution that adapts to the needs of their business.

Hammer is currently grant funded by Ordnance Survey – the UK’s largest mapping agency – and the Royal Academy of Engineering through its Enterprise Fellowship programme. It has also formed strategic partnerships within the drone ecosystem.

Traction:

  • June 2019: Hammer launched on mobile platforms supporting DJI drones.
  • Sept 2019: Awarded grant funding by Ordnance Survey.
  • Feb 2020: Hammer launches Hammer Hub - a platform for drone teams to plan, automate and manage their drone operations.
  • March 2020 Milestone: 10,000 successful commercial flights completed on the platform.
  • April 2020: Hammer deployed with mining business using drones for mineral exploration.
  • May 2020: Hammer deployed with the largest railway maintenance agency in the UK.
  • June 2020: Hammer awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellowship
  • July 2020: Hammer deployed with a reforesting business using drones to plant trees.

“The Enterprise Fellowship has provided us with an amazing network of fellow entrepreneurs and mentors that we can learn from throughout our journey.”

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