Altitude Angel named Best Pitch at NVIDIA GPU Ventures ‘Scaling AI Startups’ Panel

June 24, 2019

London, UK; Altitude Angel, the world’s foremost UTM (unmanned traffic management) technology provider, was awarded the honour of being named ‘best pitch’ at the NVIDIA GPU Ventures AI Startup Panel which took place last week at the Silicon Valley Bank Auditorium in central London.

The event hosted by NVIDIA with the support of Silicon Valley Bank brought together experts to discuss the challenges and opportunities of ‘Scaling AI Startups’.  Altitude Angel was one of 12 of the most distinguished AI and tech startups invited to showcase its work through a series of short pitches.

In front of an expert panel which included Alain Tiquet, Group Director of NVIDIA GPU Ventures, Alex McCracken, Managing Director at Silicon Valley Bank and Alison Lowndes, NVIDIA Developer Relations at NVIDIA, Altitude Angel chairman Pieter Knook delivered the winning three-minute pitch. 

After presenting to the panel a snapshot what air traffic management (ATM) looks like now, as well as  its busy future, Pieter outlined the billion-dollar revenues potentially available to the company, which can provide ATM services for the billions of predicted future automated flights undertaken by delivery drones and other urban air mobility vehicles.

On being crowned ‘best pitch’, Richard Parker, Altitude Angel, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, said:

“I’d like to thank the Nvidia panel for allowing us the opportunity to present, and for awarding us the accolade of ‘best pitch’.”

Alain Tiquet, Group Director of NVIDIA GPU Ventures, added:

“The judges were very impressed with the way Altitude Angel clearly outlined the existing capacity problems with the world’s air traffic control industry, but also how it demonstrated a solution which can be easily implemented and monetised.” 

In addition to being named ‘best pitch’, Altitude Angel was also rewarded with access to an NVIDIA DGX-1, an AI supercomputer worth £100,000, provided by NVIDIA's Preferred Partner SCAN. 

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About Altitude Angel: 

Altitude Angel is an aviation technology company delivering solutions which enable the safer integration and use of fully automated drones into airspace. Through its Airspace Management platform, GuardianUTM O/S, they deliver the essential software platform which enable national deployments of USpace compatible services, safely unlocking the potential of drones and helping national aviation authorities and air navigation service providers to establish new services to support the growth in the drone industry.  

The foundation components of GuardianUTM O/S are also available to enable third-party UTM developers to incorporate enterprise-grade data and services into their UTM solutions.  

Altitude Angel was founded by Richard Parker in 2014 and is headquartered in Reading, UK.  

Altitude Angel’s developer platform is open and available to all at  

About GuardianUTM: 

GuardianUTM enables drone manufacturers and software developers to connect into a rich, dynamic source of accurate, authoritative and relevant information to support geofencing, while offering enhanced UTM capabilities such as a single interface to multi-country flight authorisation. 

The system is being deployed by NATS, the UK’s main air navigation service provider, and was demonstrated as part of ‘Operation Zenith’ in 2018, offering enhanced airport safeguarding and automated approvals to fly in controlled airspace. Altitude Angel is now bringing online functionality to enable drone pilots anywhere in the world to get 1-click access to controlled airspace. 

It’s companion product, GuardianUTM O/S, supports all the functionality required to deliver national-grade drone traffic management capabilities to any country that wishes to safely unlock the potential of drones. 

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For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Stephen Farmer, Altitude Angel, Head of Corporate Communications & PR

Tel: +44 (0)118 391 3503

[email protected]

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