FlytBase Labs, a San Fransico and Pune-based drone technology startup, has won the grand winner award in grand finale of NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone) Data Open Innovation Contest 9.0 which held in Tokyo on March 13-14 . The international contest saw the participation of 401 startups from 18 countries.
Formerly known as NavStick, FlytBase has beaten 20 startups in the finals. The startup were from all across the globe and had made it to the finals by careful selection by Japanese IT firm NTT Data.
Notably, for identifying innovative startups from India, NTT Data had tied up with the Pune chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), an international association of Indian entrepreneurs which mentors startups.
Founded in 2017, by IIT-Bombay alumnus Nitin Gupta, FlytBase claims to be world’s first Internet of Drones (IoD) platform, that allows developers to easily build intelligent drones, connected with cloud-based business applications.
Currently being incubated at Bhau Institute’s Incubation Centre on the College of Engineering campus, Pune, the innovative startup has developed a software that works across off-the-shelf drones from various vendors, enables intelligent fleets and seamless integration with business applications.
FlytBase was part of Microsoft Ventures backed GenNext Accelerator Program, 2016.
According to FlytBase — Unlike most IoT devices, drones need real-time, high bandwidth connectivity; drones usually have fairly powerful onboard compute, big batteries and operate in smaller fleets for only minutes/hours at a time. IoT platforms are just not designed for this. FlytBase has built a custom protocol and developer platform, optimised for these specific requirements.
“Whether you want a drone to inspect a wind turbine, check a cellphone tower, or count inventory in a warehouse, our software is capable of working across different use-cases,” said Achal Negi, head, business development at FlytBase.
FlytBase also allows easy integration of drones with cloud-based business applications, such as, SAP, Slack, Twilio, Box, Salesforce, Airmap, Cisco Spark, etc.
With headquarters in San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley in the US, FlytBase has its customer base mainly in the US, and its clients range from US telecom operators, security services companies, emergency response and public safety agencies among others.