Paladin Drones picks up $1.3M to give first responders a live feed of emergencies
In emergency situations, minutes can mean the difference between life and death. Paladin Drones, a company launching out of Y Combinator, wants to use technology to minimize the amount of time between a 911 call and a response through autonomous drones.
The company today announced the close of a $1.3 million seed round with participation from Khosla Ventures and Paul Bechheit.
Paladin’s software allows a drone — right now the software works with DJI drones — to deploy to the location of an incident and let first responders scope out the area beforehand. For example, a Paladin Drone might be deployed to the site of the fire, where it will arrive before first responders in an attempt to map out any dangers and locate hot spots of the fire inside the building.
The hope is to do as much data gathering and analysis as possible before any first responder gets on site. This allows them to jump straight into the process of saving lives and preventing further damage as soon as they arrive as opposed to taking the time to map out the situation.
According to Paladin, one of the big issues in emergency situations is lack of information.