vHive adds Joel Fisch to its Board along with raising $4m Series A funding led by Telekom Innovation Pool (Deutsche Telekom)

– ISRAEL, Herzliya –  vHive, the only software solution that enables enterprises to digitize their field assets and operations using autonomous drone hives, today announced a $4 million extension to its Series A, led by Telekom Innovation Pool alongside existing investors Octopus Ventures and StageOne Ventures also participating in the round.

Concurrent with the financing, Joel Fisch, Deutsche Telekom VP, and TIP Co-managing Director has joined the board of directors.

The new financing will accelerate the growth and expansion in the enterprise drone software market.

Deutsche Telekom, one of the world’s leading telecommunication companies, is investing in vHive to fuel the company’s continued expansion in markets that are going through a digital transformation using autonomous drone hives. These markets include telecom, construction, cranes, insurance, and others. The investment will support vHive’s leadership in data analytics, computer vision, and AI, and further, automate the recognition of items of interest. Deutsche Telekom with its global portfolio will assist in applying vHive’s solution in the Telecom space.

“We are thrilled to have the backing of a significant industry player such as Deutsche Telekom as a testimonial to vHive’s innovation” said CEO and co-founder, Yariv Geller. “Deutsche Telekom’s investment demonstrates their commitment to digitizing their infrastructure using the vHive platform as well as the acceptance of drones, digital twins and data analytics as a significant telecom industry practice with clear use cases and ROI.”

vHive’s unique software platform is built with its customer journey in mind. Its end-to-end solution enables organizations to produce 2D and 3D Digital Twins of assets such as cell towers, cranes, and structures and uses AI and analytics to generate business and operational insights. The software provides an intuitive user interface for inspection, measurement, and identification of equipment and faults. vHive has trained its AI and computer vision algorithms on a broad data set composed of real assets that unlock new use cases with a precision that is hard to replicate for competitors.

“The last decade has seen an explosion of end-device processing power, imaging technology, and cloud computing. Coupled with advances in drone technology and increasingly sensitive sensors, this has created disruptive opportunities around how to capture and analyze the physical world,” said Deutsche Telekom Vice President and TIP Co-managing Director, Joel Fisch. “vHive sits at the confluence of these trends and is developing technology and business models for digitizing physical assets as a new drone ecosystem comes into being.”

vHive has been working closely with Deutsche Funkturm GmbH as an integral part of its digital transformation process. As a provider of radio infrastructure, Deutsche Funkturm acquires, plans, realizes, operates, and markets radio sites throughout Germany. The joint work, which is now materializing into a long-term relationship, digitizes Deutsche Funkturm’s assets and provides operational insights using autonomous drones.

“The greatest added value to be gained from our cooperation with vHive is in continually managing ‘digital twins’ of our portfolio. Through the precise digitization of our sites and the analytic insights generated using vHive’s innovative software solution, we expect a sustainable increase in efficiency and quality,” said Martin Bouchard, COO of DFMG Deutsche Funkturm GmbH.

About vHive

vHive is a global leader of drone software solutions. vHive accelerates enterprises’ continuous digital transformation, enabling them to make better decisions based on accurate field data and analytics. vHive is the only software solution that enables enterprises to deploy autonomous drone hives to digitize their field assets and operations. vHive is making an impact in a variety of industries including communication towers, construction, insurance, and rail by dramatically cutting operational costs, generating new revenue opportunities, and boosting employee safety.

For more information : https://www.vhive.ai/

About Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies, with some 184 million mobile customers, 27.5 million fixed-network lines, and 21 million broadband lines. It provides fixed-network/broadband, mobile communications, Internet, and IPTV products and services for consumers, and information and communication technology solutions for business and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in more than 50 countries.

About Deutsche Funkturm

With 800 employees, Deutsche Funkturm is a key player in developing infrastructure for German mobile network operators, broadcasters, operators of radio relays, and the radio networks of authorities and other institutions. The company was founded in 2002 and is part of the Deutsche Telekom Group. Its portfolio includes about 31,600 radio sites. Its portfolio includes towers, masts, rooftop sites, distributed antenna systems, and small cells. Deutsche Funkturm operates throughout Germany.

For more information: https://www.dfmg.de/en/

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