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Skycatch

The World's Most Innovative Companies 2016While many drone companies are designing products for consumers, only a handful are devising machines with wide-ranging industrial applications. A leading company in this emerging market is Skycatch, a San Francisco-based drone and software maker designing devices that have already proven useful for a diverse range of applications. Over the last three years, the company has released an impressive and functional suite of products, starting with the Evolution3, an aerial drone capable of data capture and 3D rendering in real time. The drone is operated via Commander, a proprietary app that allows users to operate the drone, easily selecting the area they'd like to survey before employing Skycatch's Dashboard software, which analyzes collected data and allows a team to simultaneously view and collaborate on the same platform. So far, Skycatch's products have been put to use not only on industrial sites, but also in managing disaster relief like that seen in Nepal last spring following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. In an inspiring effort, the Skycatch team worked to provide authorities with an overview of the disaster site, giving them a better idea of the extent of the damage. In 2016, the company will capitalize on this already solid foundation through a new partnership with software powerhouse Autodesk and $25 million in new funding, which will be go toward growing Skycatch's employee base and its presence overseas.
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