Hangar, headquartered in Austin, TX, with a mission to unify the full stack of software essential to power autonomous robotics-as-a-system. A platform to be implemented for the empowerment of an array of capital, construction, and infrastructure support industries–the industries that are a cornerstone of the world’s economy and constitute the largest single component of the USA’s GDP.
Today, Hangar is a foremost leader in this promising transformation fueled by advances in mobile robotics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence that are ushering in a new age of autonomicity — and most likely a whole new computer epoch; one where mobile cognitive machines match, outperform or enhance human performance in a range of work activities—the “Cognitive Era.”
The automation and intelligence derived from these enhancements presents unprecedented massive potential impact. Virtually no industry will be untouched by these innovations. Furthermore those of the poorest performing industries stand to be completely transformed and enjoy economic impacts that may well help lift society to new levels of shared prosperity.
Within 10 years, full-scale digitalization may lead to annual cost savings of US $0.7 – $1.2 trillion (13-21%) in the engineering and construction phases… Worldwide, contractors walk away from over $1 trillion in margin by not aligning processes across their projects.
Hangar’s cofounders, pioneers in enterprise software, machine learning, and the burgeoning drone industry, were fortunate to be living in Austin, TX (already an important city in the drone world with companies including AutoFlight Logic, DJI USA, Cloud9Drones and 3DR sales and marketing teams having made names for themselves here) at just the right time and ready for just the right market.
AutoFlight Logic’s AutoPilot was the first software solution on the SDK for DJI, the world’s largest drone hardware company, serving both commercial and consumer uses. That software is Autopilot, and after Hangar’s acquisition of AutoFlight Logic it became a lynchpin in Hangar’s strategy to enable and capitalize on autonomous mobile robotics at scale applied to industry. From day one AutoPilot was not only able to connect and control the entire family of DJI drones, but it connected to a cloud based backend that allowed the software to perform capabilities that are still far ahead of the other industry offerings. This software combined with Cloud9’s innovative market and data solutions formed a firm foundation.
The next serendipitous event was the release of the FAA’s Part 107 ruleset for commercial use of drones, which occurred within weeks of Hangar’s creation.
Within months the U.S. saw an increase of a degree of magnitude in the number of licensed commercial drone operators. Part 107 finally gave big business the opportunity to integrate the benefits of aerial robotics data acquisition into their workflows at scale.
To many the drone space seemed to consist of a lot of promising individual technologies and service providers competing to carve a niche in a nascent high-growth space. Hangar’s founders recognized the bigger opportunity to combine these advanced technologies and services into one platform that works in a single, fluid motion. Such a model, which leverages economies of scale, will compound growth and accelerate robotics deployment in the real world.
That’s why Hangar’s core team is loaded with talented, vastly experienced professionals in enterprise software, UAV systems, autonomous robotics, cloud processing, machine learning and enterprise software development. On the horizon expect to see Hangar moving forward fast with substantial investments in neural networks, machine learning, and new forms of mobile robots. As all these amazing technologies converge, businesses need a way make them all work together under one roof—Robotics-as-a-System. We think our name sums it up: Hangar.
Founder and CEO, Jeff DeCoux
Founder and CTO, Jim McAndrew
The ability to drill down to source data is vital to confirm the reliability of project team reports. But if project tools are manual, standalone or disaggregated, both transparency and accuracy can suffer.
Every Business Knows it Needs Better Data.
But in the physical world of construction and Infrastructure what to capture and how to utilize it remains elusive for many.
Obviously, if the data already exists in your data warehouses, then your challenge is pretty familiar; but if your data is not already digital and primarily exists in materials, time and space, where do you even begin to capture it and make it a useful asset?
Today Hangar consistently captures and delivers insightful actionable data to hundreds of enterprise clients — construction firms, telecommunications infrastructure owners, surety & bondholder, asset management companies, energy providers, geospatial data providers, and a range of partners and others that seek Insight into their assets, business practices, productivity and processes.
Aerial imagery captured from exact locations is often spectacular and generously informative. Particularly precision capture over time produces a visceral reaction that knows things on a different level. Having the ability to access that perspective regularly, precisely and infinitely repeatable is staggeringly valuable. Human intelligence analysts can find value frame after frame, augmented human intelligence will uncover higher level value infinitely and properly trained machine intelligence will uncover infinite value, over and over and ever.
When companies evaluate the business benefits of autonomous data capture, they tend to look at the shiny new objects: 3D models, point clouds, complex analytics, and fringe engineering use cases. We have proven the story is much simpler, more powerful, and easily within reach right now. Today, massively impactful results for industry exist in autonomously captured, reliable, precise, high resolution imagery placed in easily accessed context-aware cloud-based solutions like Hangar’s JobSight.
Digitizing Your World For You
We see a common theme of the Cognitive Era as one of massive computing power extending outwards to the physical world. This next age will combine big data, digital transformation, unlimited processing power, connected devices of all kinds, computer vision-based machine learning, and mobile robotics that do amazing things and create useful and intelligent products to produce mountains of new value.
The level of sophistication in both autonomous flight/mission control and sensor packages has given cognitive computing an unprecedented ability to sense, interact with and digitize the physical world. Businesses will become better versions of themselves. Some will go through a total metamorphosis to a better beyond expectations.
Once data acquisition is easy, consistent and precise due to autonomous captured execution, this on-demand data acquired by mobile robotic platforms will accelerate digitization efforts by an order of magnitude. Consequentially, full-scale digital transformation will lead to an exponential increase in business intelligence, productivity, insight and societal value.
The Beginning of the Intelligence of Things
Hangar is proud to be helping our enterprise clients and partners make dramatic impacts now, and we also have our eyes on the future.
We are meticulous about autonomy, and finding places to implement it that will allow us to adopt more cutting edge technologies into our workflows. Every bit of data we capture today is tuned to inform machine learning, and as we capture thousands of locations over time for our clients, we will engage new partners and new techniques for more intelligence and actionable insights.
The scale and speed of digitization will increase. New micro-electrical-mechanical systems make more sensors deployable, and developments in edge computing allow our systems to process data near the source of capture.
In some cases at first, subject matter experts will be involved to derive actionable results, but as these experts train machine learning algorithms and the intelligent insights will begin to be revealed organically and automatically. This is the future for Hangar’s ecosystem partners, the one we want to share with the world.
81% of firms experience changes orders resulting in cost overruns and project delivery delays that share a median average of 30% of the projects total value but can go as high as 200 to 300% for megaprojects.