Dotterel Technologies secures Drone Fund investment


Drone Fund has confirmed that Drone Fund II, officially known as the Chiba Dojo Drone Fund Investment Limited Partnership, has invested in Dotterel Technologies.

The fund, managed by Kotaro Chiba and Soki Ohmae in Tokyo, Japan, said it made the investment into Shaun Edlin’s New Zealand-based firm after looking at the “incredible benefit it can add to a future drone-enabled society.”

Following the investment announcement, Drone Fund sat down with CEO Shaun Edlin to learn more about their solutions.

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Commenting on the company’s solutions, Edlin commented: “Dotterel develops noise reduction and aerial aud io recording solutions for UAVs. Our solutions include propulsion systems (shrouds and propellers) designed for low noise, safer and efficient flight, and also unique microphone and filtering payloads for capturing intelligible audio directly from the UAV in real-time.”

Adding: “We’re based in Auckland, New Zealand, although we’re primarily working with customers in the USA and Australia. The team is comprised of talented UAV aeroacoustic and electronics engineers, along with commercialization experts. We also work closely with pioneering acoustic research groups in New Zealand, Australia and the USA.”

Concluding: “While it may seem advanced, right now UAV technology as a whole is at the very beginning of what is possible. The industry is trying to take flight time to useful levels while being able to carry meaningful payloads. The industry is also trying to solve the next set of challenges such as autonomy and improved safety.

“However, for UAVs to truly achieve their commercial potential they will need to be quiet and have two-way audio communication. It’s inevitable that these two challenges will be solved as so many use cases are enhanced, and new uses created. At Dotterel, it’s our mission to solve these hard challenges and allow UAVs to fulfil their commercial promise.”

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