FIRST iZ Wins Award from AUVSI
Monday, October 05, 2020 | Comments

FIRST iZ was named a second-place winner in the Technology and Innovation: Hardware-Platform category of the XCELLENCE Awards by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI). FIRST iZ was selected from a pool of accomplished applicants. Winners will be announced during the Technology Innovation XCELLENCE awards ceremony during AUVSI XPONENTIAL on Tuesday, October 6.

The product submitted for the contest was FIRST Port, a rugged, weather-protected, remotely operated “smart” enclosure that offers the ability to provide autonomous deployment, data gathering and secure storage of a small unmanned aerial vehicle (sUAV), also known as a drone. The port employs sensors which can assess the health and welfare of its airframe, coordinates precise launch and landing, and offers a patent-pending contact charging solution between missions. The port is drone agnostic, able to accommodate many current and future sUAV designs. The port/drone solution can be used in a number of industries, including emergency response. UAVs are charged, monitored and kept protected in strategic locations around the service area, then deployed remotely by dispatchers, sending visuals and detecting hazardous gases from the incident scene before the arrival of first responders.

“The rapid growth of the unmanned systems industry is reshaping our future by expanding business markets, providing consumers with innovative solutions and even saving lives," said Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI. "The XCELLENCE awards recognize companies and individuals who are achieving remarkable results with unmanned systems technology to benefit our communities.”

XPONENTIAL offers a broad-based and balanced educational program brimming with cutting-edge content and inspirational insights, ranging from policy implications and technical challenges to use cases and best practices across vertical markets and everything in between. The AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards honor innovators with a demonstrated commitment to advancing autonomy, leading and promoting safe adoption of unmanned systems and developing programs that use these technologies to save lives and improve the human condition.

“It is such an honor to be recognized for technology and innovation at AUVSI,” FIRST iZ Founder Phil Burks said. “The FIRST Port team deserves all the credit and more. From a sketch drawn out on a napkin over a year ago, and lots of design, innovation, testing and late nights later, we are excited to see FIRST Port working even better than we imagined.”

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