Mobilicom appoints Ofer Laufer as Chief Operations officer to drive business development

Key points:

  • Ofer Laufer is a results orientated, driven executive with 25 years experience in rapidly growing enterprises with proven ability to transfer products from development to mas production and sales
  • Appointment enhances Mobilicom’s management team
  • Mr Laufer spent more than 10 years at Friendly Robotics, which was acquired by US company MTD in 2017 and continued to work there until the beginning of this year

21 October 2020 – mobilicom Limited (Mobilicom or the Company, ASX: MOB) is pleased to announce it has appointed Ofer Laufer as its Chief operations Officer (COO) as it prepares to further enhance its penetration in the drone and robotics market.

At Friendly Robotics, as COO and OEM Manager, Mr Laufer scaled up the company’s production of its Robomow robotic lawn mowers and grew production and sales by 40% over a 16-month period.

Most recently, Mr Laufer was CEO of Blue I Water Technologies, a provider of controllers and analyzers for the water treatment market. He previously held senior roles with NASDAQ-listed Alvarion, a leading provider of innovative WiMAX and wireless broadband network solutions; and cosmetic and pharmaceutical platform Powerpaper.

Mobilicom CEO Oren Elkayam said Mr Laufer’s appointment would help drive the Company’s sales across a number of product lines and markets.

”Ofer will provide Mobilicom with important experience and knowledge as we continue to grow our customer base in the drone and robotic markets around the world, ” he said.

”Ofer also has significant experience in research and development, helping companies grow international manufacturing capabilities and his experience will be invaluable to Mobilicom.”

 

 

Mobilicom signs sales and cooperation agreement with Cristal Video Wireless – a leading provider of wireless video transmission solutions in China

Key points:

  • The agreement with Cristal Video Wireless provides Mobilicom with significant sales reach in China and R&D co-operation to deliver innovative new products for mobile mission critical communications & unmanned platforms with short time to market
  • First purchase order & delivery of Mobilicom products completed
  • With China the first economy appearing to recover from COVID-19, Mobilicom has acted quickly to take advantage of this key market.

12 October 2020 – Mobilicom Limited (Mobilicom or the Company, ASX: MOB) is pleased to announce it has signed a sales and cooperation agreement with Shenzhen-based Cristal Video Wireless (CVW) as the Company targets expansion into China.

CVW is a leading global provider of wireless video transmission and products, committed to bringing leading-edge, reliable wireless video transmission solutions to a variety of industries.

Under the agreement Mobilicom and CVW will cooperate to drive sales of Mobilicom’s suite of products and solutions in the Chinese market. The two companies will also integrate its complementary technology solutions to address market and customer needs.

The first shipment of Mobilicom products, flagged for customer trials, has been completed. Whilst the revenue associated is not material at this stage, Mobilicom will significantly grow its activity with CVW from this initial order.

Future research and development initiatives will focus on the ability to deliver innovative new products for the mobile communications market, spanning mission critical networks and unmanned platforms including air, ground and sea solutions, and achieving a short time to the market for such innovations.

Mobilicom and CVW will also work towards the optimization of the production process to ensure high performance and cost-effectiveness of the products.

Mobilicom CEO Oren Elkayam said the Company had identified China as a key target market as one of the first economies to reopen following COVID-19.

”With China having addressed COVID-19 earlier compared to other geographies, it created an opportunity for Mobilicom to expand its business operations in the region. CVW has excellent history and experience in the local market and technology complementary to Mobilicom and can help position Mobilicom to penetrate this region.”

Mobilicom scales up for major project and shifts to volume manufacturing

Key points:

  • Existing $2m contract with leading drone supplier increased by $240.000 – Mobilicom expects additional orders in due course
  • Prototypes have passed customer review, volume manufacturing commencing
  • First commercial batch on track for delivery in Q3 CY2020 and expected to continue into CY2021

3 July 2020 – Mobilicom Limited (Mobilicom, ASX: MOB) is pleased to announce it has completed the development stage of the new Ground Controller Station (GCS) solution for the leading drone supplier announced to the ASX on 18 december 2019, with the project now scaled up from its original scope.

Mobilicom delivered two series of prototype units for customer inspection/review, and completed integration with the customer’s drones and fixed wing UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) systems, and passed the necessary reviews. Commercial manufacturing of the solution is now commencing and Mobilicom expects to make its first commercial batch delivery in Q3 CY2020.

The customer selected Mobilicom as its vendor of choice for tactical drones and small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (sUAV), with Mobilicom supplying commercial Ground Control Stations under the contract, The customer intends to offer Mobilicom’s nes GCS solution with all of its drones and sUAV platforms projects worldwide. Mobilicom expects additional orders in due course.

The customer has revenues of more than $3.6bn and is an international high technology companyengaged in a wide range of defence, homeland security and commercial programs throughout the world. It is one of the largest suppliers of drones, sUAV and robotics outside the US.

Mobilicom CEO Oren Elkayam said Mobilicom was now preparing for high volume production of its Ground Controller Station solution.

“We are pleased this highly regarded company in the drone and unmanned systems sector has defined our solution as its building block for all future small UAV and drone projects, and demonstrates our capacity to meet the high specification needs of our clients.” he said.

 

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.”