Mobilicom wins Space Florida drone research project in USA

  • Mobilicom & US drone company Censys Technologies have partnered on research to improve beyond line-of-sight drone operations and drone safety 
  • This two-year project is being funded by Space Florida and the Israel Innovation Authority 
  • Mobilicom’s first year budget is A$770,000 
  • The proposed solution is to target civilian drone and UAS operations in three areas, delivery, inspection security and law enforcement 

22 June 2020 – Mobilicom Limited (Mobilicom, ASX: MOB) is pleased to announce it will partner with US drone company Censys Technologies (“Censys”) in a research project for Space Florida USA, that will see it develop a solution for the key need of drone safety.

The joint Mobilicom and Censys project was one of four winners (from 15 proposals) for Space Florida’s 2020 innovative research and development programs. Mobilicom will spend two years working on the project, with a budget of A$770,000 for the first year (2020-21). Additional funds are expected in the second year.

This project is to develop a communications system for autonomous drone and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) that aims to address the challenges aviation authorities expect for safe drone and UAV operation in civilian airspace. It will target activities such as drone delivery services, infrastructure inspection, security and law enforcement.

Mobilicom CEO Oren Elkayam said: “The coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated the need for fast delivery, without human involvement in the delivery. This has led to accelerated testing and deployment programs for the use of drones in several fields.

“The solution being developed with Censys is solving a major reliability aspect, which is a focus of the US Federal Aviation Authority. It will enable the drone and UAS market to continue to grow by addressing the key needs and trends of autonomous beyond line-of-sight operation.”

Mr Elkayam said the solution would be embedded in Censys drones and perform flight tests in the USA. It aims to improve the safety of beyond visual line of sight, or BVLoS operations.

“The biggest hurdle for mass drone deployment in civil applications remains regulatory requirements imposed by aviation authorities and this solution is another step to solving these issues,” he said.

Mobilicom expects the development of this solution will see Censys, purchase the technology for use within its civil drone operations. There is further potential for uptake by other drone operators and manufacturers.

Censys is a beyond line-of-sight drone company based in Daytona Beach, Florida, which has operational expertise in long range and high endurance aircraft systems with advanced payloads and capabilities, and provides knowledge and resources in system integration and real-world testing.

Mobilicom and Censys have previously worked together to integrate Mobilicom’s equipment into Censys drones as a communications cornerstone to ‘make impossible critical communications possible’.

About the solution Autonomous Platforms Dual Datalink (APDL) communication system is developing a dual-redundant communications system for Autonomous Drone & Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The solution is proposing a two concurrent wideband transmitting transceivers, with auto redundancy capability and on
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going data-reception analysis for selecting the best momentary communication link. It is a novel construction of advanced technologies that will enable a highly integrated dual-redundant simultaneous communications system to provide increased reliability and quality of service for command and control systems, telemetry, and situational awareness.

About Space Florida Space Florida was created to strengthen Florida’s position as the global leader in aerospace research, it is committed to attracting and expanding the next generation of space industry businesses. Space Florida has a highly trained workforce, proven infrastructure and unparalleled record of achievement. http://www.spaceflorida.gov/

About Censys Censys Technologies Corporation design, develop and manufacture a wide range of drones and autonomous UAS vehicles. Censys develops remote sensing solutions for UAS service providers and government organizations. Censys solutions propels industrial drone users by minimizing overhead & operation headaches with industry-leading, long-range drones. As experts in this field, Censys support its customers obtaining the necessary waivers of drone operation from USA Federal Aviation Authority (FAA). https://censystech.com/about-censys-technologies-2/

Mobilicom selected to join AI 5G consortium

  • Mobilicom selected to join Israel Innovation Authority funded consortium for the development of wireless artificial intelligence (AI) for 5G networks 
  • Consortium includes industry leaders Ceva Inc., Ceragon Networks and high-profile academic institutions

5 June 2020 – Mobilicom Limited (ASX:MOB, Mobilicom) is pleased to announce that it has been selected to join the WIN (Wireless Intelligent Networks) Consortium to execute a project during calendar year 2020 valued at more that $4 million. The WIN Consortium is funded by the Israel Innovation Authority and is expected to be extended through 2021 and beyond.

Mobilicom’s share in the project is valued at $500,000 for 2020, with a similar budget expected to be provided for 2021. Mobilicom’s appointment to the consortium reinforces its position as a holistic provider of solutions for autonomous systems while also strengthening the Company’s long-term financial position and cash-flow performance.

This project focuses on the development of wireless AI to enable the improvement and optimization of 5G cellular technology. Mobilicom’s key responsibilities will focus on its expertise with MESH networks and unmanned platforms. Once development is complete, Mobilicom will be able to use this technology on its own next-generation autonomous systems,

This consortium places Mobilicom at the center of 5G AI innovation and will partner the company with leaders in this including Ceva Inc., Ceragon Networks and Elbit Systems. Mobilicom’s involvement in this consortium will also help to drive the scalability of its own autonomous platforms and the widespread use of 5G networks in unmanned platforms.

Mobilicom’s CEO Oren Elkayam commented: ”We are honored to have been chosen to join the WIN Consortium and partner with these innovative organizations, the outcome of which will directly impact the autonomous and unmanned systems for which we provide market leading solutions”.

Mobilicom awarded new US patent

  • US Patent Office grants Mobilicom’s patent “scalable mobile ad-hoc networks”
  • Patent covers 18 claims for advanced algorithms and concepts
  • Technology to be used in new and emerging markets such as robotics, drone SWARM and fleet operation, underground and in-building operation

1 June 2020 – Mobilicom Limited (ASX: MOB) is pleased to announce it has received a new patent from the US Patent Office for technology used in its scalable mobile ad-hoc networks. The US Patent Office granted Mobilicom patent number US2018/0352581, which covers 18 patent claims for different advanced Mobile Mesh algorithms and concepts developed by the Company.

The patent covers and protects Mobilicom’s intellectual property (IP) and knowledge assets for its:

  • Collaborative Mobile Mesh
  • Dynamic Mobile Mesh routing
  • Non-GPS synchronised Mesh Systems

Mobilicom develops 4G Mobile MESH private networking technology for government and enterprise applications under its Mobilicom business and provides end-to-end hardware, software and integration services for commercial and industrial drones and robotics under its SkyHopper business.

The patent applies for both new and emerging market applications, including:

  • Robotics cloud operation in urban (non-line of sight) operation
  • Drones SWARM and Fleet operation
  • Mobile Tactical IOT (Internet of Things)
  • Underground (mining, tunnels) and in-building operation

Mobilicom CEO Oren Elkayam said the USPO’s granting these patents to Mobilicom demonstrates the Company’s technology leadership in these evolving and new markets.

“We are continuing to develop advanced technology solutions to meet the needs of existing and new clients, which includes some of the world’s largest corporations including  government, enterprise, commercial and industrial sectors, and this patent provides us with protection of some of our important intellectual property,” he said.

Granting of the US patent follows a strong March quarter for Mobilcom which saw cash receipts reach A$1.5M, up 169% compared to the same quarter in 2019, with a backlog of orders exceeding $2.1M.

 

Mobilicom secures contract exceeding $2 milion with Elbit Systems

  • Elbit is one of the leading drone suppliers worldwide outside of the US 
  • Selected vendor for controllers in all its tactical drones
  • First purchase order received for the development and delivery of more than 500 systems

18 December 2019 – Mobilicom Limited (Mobilicom) is pleased to announce that it has secured a contract exceeding $2 milion from Elbit Systems. Mobilicom has been selected by Elbit as the vendor of choice for controllers for tactical drones.

Elbit has revenues in excess of $3.6bn and is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defence, homeland security an commercial programs throughout the world. It is one of the largest suppliers of drones outside of the US.

Mobilicom has received the first order for the development and delivery of a commercial batch of controllers. These are customized controllers based on Mobilicom’s technology and its ability to support the specific needs of tactical drones. Mobilicom expects additional orders in due course.

Oren Elkayam, Mobilicom’s CEO commented: “Being selected as the sole vendor for controllers for all tactical drones of an international HLS and defense giant such as Elbit is an incredible achievement for Mobilicom. We expect this to be a stepping toward additional projects and an exciting future with this customer. ”

 

SkyHopper receives repeat order exceeding $260,000 from Aero Sentinel

  • Ramp up being experienced in SkyHopper’s commercial sales
  • Aero Sentinel is an industry-leading manufacturer of tactical unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for military and defence applications
  • SkyHopper used in multiple Aero Sentinel platforms

Mobilicom Limited (Mobilicom) is pleased to announce that it has received a repeat purchase order exceeding $260,000 from Aero Sentinel for its SkyHopper PRO data links.

One of the first secured design wins for SkyHopper, Aero Sentinel has integrated the SkyHopper PRO across multiple drone platforms. Sales of these drone platforms has experienced a significant ramp-up, and additional and consistent orders for SkyHopper PRO units have been received.

Aero Sentinel manufactures homeland security and civil drones that cater to a broad international customer base. Key applications that Aero Sentinel serves include security & surveillance, first responder and search & rescue, all of which require highly secure and reliable communication.

Mobilicom CEO Oren Elkayam said: “We are very excited to be growing sales of SkyHopper through partnerships and expanding our base of new customers. We have helped enable Aero Sentinel to expand its market presence globally and are delighted to accompany them in this growth.”

 

Mobilicom’s Commercial Drone Upgrade Solution exceeds $1 million

  • Received repeat order exceeding $200,000 from various units within Israel MOD, including Navy and Army

Mobilicom Limited (Mobilicom) is pleased to announce that its breakthrough Commercial Drone Upgrade Solution has exceeded its goal of $1 million in orders in 2019, after a new repeat order exceeding $200,000.

Mobilicom is the sole provider of the Commercial Drone Upgrade Solution to the Israel MOD. This new purchase order shows a continued interest in the Mobilicom solution.

The Commercial Drone Upgrade Solution is an after-market add on for drone units already sold within the market. It was developed as a result of the US ban on the use of certain drones in security operations due to backdoor cyber risks.

Mobilicom’s CEO Oren Elkayam commented: “The Commercial Drone Upgrade Solution is just a part of Mobilicom’s answer to tackle concerns by the US Department of Homeland Security regarding the use of drones from certain countries that pose cyber risks. This is a critical issue going forward and Mobilicom is able to support leading federal drone customers, including the Israel MOD, and has the ability to support other federal organisations worldwide.”

Mobilicom delivers on order exceeding $250,000 with Bird AeroSystems

  • Repeat order from Bird AeroSystems, leading provider of airborne surveillance solutions
  • Mobilicom equipment will be deployed on airplanes, helicopters, ground vehicles & sea vessels

Mobilicom Limited (Mobilicom) is pleased to announce that it has received and delivered on a purchase order exceeding $250,000 from leading provider of airborne surveillance solutions, Bird AeroSystems. This is a repeat order from the customer for Mobilicom’s MCU communication units.

Founded in 2001, Bird provides airborne solutions to some of the world’s largest commercial, governmental, military, and transnational organisations including Airbus, NATO forces, UN Air Operations, the US Government, major aircraft manufacturers and more.

The Mobilicom units will be used for Bird’s ASIO (Airborne Surveillance, Information and Observation) Special Mission System, which include airborne surveillance, intelligence and observation solutions. The ASIO system is used for the management of critical missions including maritime and ground surveillance, search and rescue, patrol and monitoring. They will be deployed in mobile command posts, aircraft, ground response vehicles and sea vessels.

Mobilicom CEO Oren Elkayam said: “We are excited to see our relationship grow with Bird AeroSystems through the deployment of equipment from our core offerings in mission critical communication.”

Samsung headlines new sales wins for SkyHopper

  • Multinational technology leader Samsung purchases SkyHopper solution
  • Orders from six new customers across three continents
  • Repeat sales to existing customers in the US, France & Israel
  • SkyHopper becomes the first certified high power, long range, highly secured data link in Japan

Mobilicom Limited (Mobilicom) is pleased to report on recent wins with its SkyHopper by Mobilicom solutions across numerous new and existing key customers, generating growing revenues within the business.

Multinational technology leader Samsung purchases SkyHopper PRO

Mobilicom has completed an initial sale of SkyHopper PRO to multinational technology leader and top global brand, Samsung. The sale to Samsung was for use in drones performing security operations and inspections for its factories. The sale to a company of the size and caliber of Samsung is a testament to the quality and capabilities of the SkyHopper solution offerings.

Orders received from six new customers across three continents

In addition to Samsung, SkyHopper has continued to foster new business across the globe, with six new customers in the US, EMEA and APAC.

In the US, Easy Aerial, a manufacturer of autonomous drone systems that serves organisations including the Department of Defense, has purchased the SkyHopper solution for use in Japan. Censys Technologies, also a US drone company, has purchased SkyHopper for use in inspection applications. SkyHopper products were also recently sold to Taiwan-based ITRI, a research company for government projects, Video Drone, a Finnish drone manufacturer, and Nanomotion, an Israeli manufacturer of advanced sensors.

Repeat sales to existing customers in the US, France and Israel

SkyHopper has continued to retain business with its existing customer base and has garnered repeat sales with several companies across the US, France and Israel.

US-based Swift Engineering has purchased additional SkyHopper units for upcoming projects, including for its business in Japan in which the solution will be used for electrical power inspections. SkyHopper was also sold to two French drone companies, with sales to Drone Volt to be used for civilian professional UAVs while Azur Drones will use SkyHopper in its leading surveillance UAVs. Israel-based DroneX has also placed orders for the SkyHopper solution.

SkyHopper becomes the first certified high power, long range, highly secured data link in Japan

Mobilicom received the Japanese high-power transmission certification for its SkyHopper data links, making SkyHopper the first certified high power, long range, highly secured data link in Japan. The high-power certification comes after SkyHopper received the low-power Japanese TELEC certification at the end of 2017, enabling the business to lock in sales for projects in Japan.

Commenting on the sales wins and progress being achieved in the SkyHopper by Mobilicom business, CEO Oren Elkayam said: “We are continuing to attract some of the biggest names in the drones and electronics sector to our SkyHopper offerings, and are subsequently growing this business as the commercial drone industry continues to expand. By achieving sales wins with these customers it positions SkyHopper well for the large ramp up we expect in the use of commercial drone systems, as the regulations will begin to allow for more drone applications and further testing.”

Israel Navy places purchase order of more than $280,000 for Mobilicom’s Commercial Drone Upgrade Solution

  • New win of a strong reference customer
  • 2019 revenue from the Israel Ministry of Defense (MOD) for the Commercial Drone Upgrade Solution has now exceeded $850,000

Mobilicom Limited (Mobilicom) is pleased to announce that its breakthrough Commercial Drone Upgrade Solution has achieved a new win with a leading reference customer, the Israel Navy, after receiving an order for more than $280,000.

Mobilicom’s sales of this solution to-date have been to the Israel Army and this new purchase order shows the increased interest for the solution across several MOD units and applications.

The Commercial Drone Upgrade Solution is an after-market add on for drone units already sold within the market. It was developed as a result of the US ban on the use of certain types of drones in security operations as a result of backdoor cyber risks.

This system of Mobilicom’s has now generated more than $850,000 in revenue from the MOD in 2019 alone, with several repeat sales, putting it well on track to achieve its target of $1 million from the MOD by the end of calendar 2019.

Mobilicom’s CEO Oren Elkayam commented: “Providing the Commercial Drone Upgrade Solution to a new customer and application is a testament to its offering of a solution in high demand by the market it serves. The Israel Navy is an excellent reference that will support the continued expansion of the solution within the MOD and worldwide. Mobilicom has already been made the sole provider for this solution to the MOD, and therefore the revenue potential is significant.”

Mobilicom receives orders exceeding $200,000 from Japanese telco giant NTT

• Multiple orders expected per year
• Mobilicom’s solution sold to NTT is a kit that includes multiple MCU products for deployment in disaster relief situations
• NTT is the fifth largest telecommunications company in the world, with about 5 times the revenue of Telstra

Mobilicom Limited (Mobilicom) is pleased to announce that it has received new purchase orders from Japanese telecommunications giant, Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corporation (NTT), exceeding $200,000. In addition, NTT has indicated that it expects to place multiple orders per year.

The purchase orders will see kits from Mobilicom, each including approximately ten of its MCU products, serving the Japanese Self Defense Forces (SDF) for disaster relief initiatives across the country. The SDF is comprised of ground, naval and air divisions, with each division having a presence across each of the cities and prefectures in Japan. This provides Mobilicom with a very large potential sales magnitude with NTT, given the opportunity to deploy a kit within each SDF unit, across its various divisions and geographies.

NTT is the fifth largest telecommunications company in the world¹, as well as the third largest publicly traded company in Japan after Toyota and MUFG2. It is ranked 65th in Fortune Global 500 and listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, New York and London stock exchanges.

The order from NTT is another example of ongoing deployments of Mobile MESH networks using Mobilicom’s MCU products. Mobilicom’s unique solution is designed for quick deployment by NTT in challenging environments, serving mobile teams and platforms by enabling broadband video and data sharing for first responders and homeland security operations. It can be deployed within vehicles, mobile command posts, trees and masts to enable private secured communications.

Mobilicom CEO Oren Elkayam commented: “Following a rigorous testing and demonstration process with NTT, it is an exciting achievement for us to be selling these kit solutions to NTT for its ongoing initiative with the SDF. We are embarking on an effort to extend this across the various SDF units throughout Japan, and therefore multiply sales of these kits as an ongoing business.”