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Botlink, Packet Digital join forces for drone platform

FARGO—Two Fargo tech companies that have been working independently on solutions for the drone industry have combined to form Botlink LLC.

Packet Digital is a power management company that works to extend battery life in electronic devices and reduce power consumption, including projects for the U.S. Department of Defense. Its work with drones has allowed their flight time to be extended by four times.

Aerobatic Innovations created the Botlink application, software that allows drone operators to control the device from a tablet or smartphone, distribute data collected by the drone, and alert users of nearby manual aircraft and controlled airspace.

Botlink LLC, officially formed Monday, would create a cloud-based operations platform for drones. The combined hardware and software platform could be available in the next 30 to 60 days, said Terri Zimmerman, CEO of Packet Digital and Botlink.

Botlink LLC now seeks to raise $15 million through angel investors and venture capitalists, including $5 million in its first phase. Shawn Muehler, CEO of Aerobotic Innovations and COO of Botlink LLC, said the company hopes to raise the capital locally.

Zimmerman said Wednesday the hope is to have North Dakota companies do the manufacturing.

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