Why we invested in Hepta Airborne

The problem: The high cost of traditional power line inspections 

Today, an astonishing 97% of power line inspections are conducted either by foot or helicopter. These methods are not only expensive and time-consuming but also fraught with safety risks. The cost of outages can be staggering—ranging from $83k/min for large manufacturers to $9k/min for data centers. The need for a more efficient, safer, and cost-effective solution is clear. 

The solution: Hepta Airborne’s SaaS data management platform 

Hepta Airborne is revolutionizing the way power line inspections are conducted. Their SaaS platform offers an end-to-end inspection solution, from smart software and rich analytics to hands-on support from specialists. What sets them apart is their AI-driven automated infrastructure analysis, which delivers higher accuracy, speed, and safety. 

The market: A surge in drone adoption for inspections 

The Paris Agreement and the EU Green Deal have accelerated drone adoption for power line inspections. The global inspection drone market is projected to reach $8.6 billion by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 16.4%. The Inspection Management Software Market is also booming, expected to reach USD 13.1 billion by 2026. 

Why now? The urgent need for efficient power grid management 

The world’s power grid infrastructure is aging, and the need for reliable and expanding grids has never been more critical. With advancements in technology and robotics, the time is ripe for a solution like Hepta Airborne. The average contract cost of a helicopter power line inspection is over $4,000 per day, making Hepta’s solution a game-changer in terms of cost efficiency. 

The team

The Hepta Airborne team brings a wealth of experience to the table. The CEO has over 12 years of experience in power line inspection and design, while the CBDO is a seasoned entrepreneur with a successful exit under his belt. The Head of Product and Growth Manager also brings invaluable expertise in software development and business acceleration, respectively.