Below is our recent interview with Sakina Turabali, CMO & Co-founder of Skyqraft:
Q: For those who have never heard of it, how would you describe Skyqraft?
A: An AI system that automatically detects powerline equipment and powerline issues enabling its customers to conduct smarter and safer powerline inspections in a more cost-efficient and environmentally sustainable way.
Q: Can you give us more insights into your unmanned airplanes?
A: We use fully electric long range drones called fixed wing drones, that have a higher performance and can easily cover many kilometres of inspection in a short amount of time. Saving costs and effort.
We also use the quadcopters for inspections depending on the powerline terrain and corridor. Usually we use the combination of both the drones to be efficient in the fields. These both drones are supported by our automated mission planning software.
Q: What are the biggest benefits for the clients?
A: -It’s sustainable, we reduce the average CO2 emissions of powerline inspections by 93%, while improving inspection accuracy and safety in a cost-efficient way.
-It’s cost effective
-Avoids manual work and is fully automated, Saving time and human hours significantly.
Q: You’ve recently raised $2.2 Million in Seed funding; can you tell us something more?
A: Skyqraft will use the new funding to further develop its AI detection features and accuracy while in parallel continue to expand its operations both in Europe and in the USA.
Q: What can we expect from you in 2021? What are your plans?
A: Currently and among other customers, Skyqraft is working with the three largest utility companies in Sweden jointly representing 85% of the Swedish market. Additionally, Skyqraft is also negotiating a series of larger scale pilots in the USA in 2021 with the global utility company, Iberdrola.