June 16, 2022

IndoorRobotics Tando400x275Israel-based Indoor Robotics, which is developing the Tando indoor drone, has announced raising $15 million in Series A funding. The round will enable the company to boost product development and enable more intelligent indoor security around the world.

The company said developing autonomous indoor security robots has challenged robotics designers for years. While ground-based robots are commercially available, ordinary items such as chairs or steps often prevent them from fully securing an area. The company said its Tando drone uses multiple sensors and proprietary algorithms to accurately map and navigate in any indoor space, letting it autonomously navigate above or around any items in its path.

“We reimagined what a drone was capable of and combined human-like capabilities with AI tools to enable next-generation security and monitoring,” said Doron Ben David, co-founder and CEO of Indoor Robotics. “Tando has already been deployed by the world’s leading enterprises and security monitoring companies and is making a tangible impact on safety and security.”

The Tando drone docks on a ceiling and functions as a security camera when it’s not in flight, the company said. In addition to monitoring office buildings, the drone is being used to secure and monitor warehouses, data centers, shopping malls and other retail establishments.

The funding round was led by Pitango, and also included Target Global, European Innovation Council Fund, and Spider Capital. Funds will be used to move into full production and develop its go-to-market strategy.

“We seized the opportunity to increase our investment in Indoor Robotics following the successful launch of Tando and the team’s demonstrated ability to surpass critical milestones,” said Rami Kalish, managing partner at Pitango. “Indoor Robotics’ proven capabilities have generated exciting demand from the market, which the investors are excited to facilitate.”

Doron Ben David Co Founder CEO Left Amit Moran Co Founder CTO Right

Doron Ben David, left, and Amit Moran, are co-founders of Indoor Robotics.

In addition to its security functions, Tando can collect thermal imaging data and environmental data as well as record room temperatures and identify leaks. The system can also enable preventive maintenance by identifying areas in buildings that require care. It includes a 360-degree camera, along with motion sensors, heat sensors and leak sensors.

The company was founded by Doron Ben David and Amit Moran in 2018. Ben David had left his role as CTO of Israel Aerospace Industries’ Space Division when he began to collaborate with Moran, the former head of Robotics Innovation at Intel. The two said they recognized that drones were ideal for security, an industry that suffers from 300% employee turnover, is vulnerable to fatigue and human error, and pays minimum wage to guards tasked with protecting valuable assets. 

For more details on the company, visit the Indoor Robotics website here.