Why we exist
Firefighters have approximately six minutes from receiving an emergency call to arrive at the scene. Every call is different: car accidents, medical emergencies, fires, and even a cat in a tree. Despite billions in tech spending, most tech tools are not living up to expectations. With the increase in wildfires and natural disasters, this has become an urgent global issue.
The status quo isn't working for anyone.
Drone technology is expensive and hard to build. While major companies can make a difference, they concentrate only on the bottom line. Startups willing to make a change struggle to get funding until they can show a potential massive profit to get funded. On top of that, most drone technology is created without the input of those who need it the most. This creates a dangerous cycle that prevents real progress that can benefit your community and decrease human loss.
We are ready to break this dangerous cycle.
A team who combines technical expertise with creative vision and drive to make a difference.
Drones are the workhorse of the solution. They will be flying to either predetermined or user-selected locations and performing a variety of tasks depending on the user's needs. The modular design of the drones will optimize each mission. Each mission configuration will be determined by a variety of factors, including distance to target, weather conditions, urgency of mission, user input, and historical data, among other things.
This system will allow the firefighter to focus on saving lives while our autonomous system gives them the data necessary to improve efficiency, arrive faster, be safer, and, in some cases, stop the emergency before it spreads.
Ostrich Air was formed in 2018 as a drone racing team by a group of five friends. During that race season, the team tested a few unique ideas and realized that they could revolutionize the drone industry. Based on this realization, two of the team members, Jonathan Collazo and Derek Stevens, decided to turn Ostrich Air into a company. Jonathan and Derek had both been working in the drone industry for many years at that point and had amassed a unique set of skills, knowledge, and experience that few can rival. They started Ostrich Air as a secret prototyping lab. They would make white-label drones, rovers, and other robotic systems for other companies to train the team in building one-of-a-kind problem-solving robotic solutions, all while bootstrapping the research and development.
Before taking the leap to the market, Founder Jonathan Collazo set an ambitious challenge: to marshal the resources, expertise, and financing required to design a one-of-a-kind robot fit for the robotic fighting Olympics, notably Discovery Channel's BattleBots. Remarkably, none of the team members had previously engaged in a BattleBot build.
Against all odds, and in only a few months, Team Ostrich Air built a unique 250lbs robot with the help of 21 corporate sponsors and more than 30 top-of-their-game engineers, CEOs, and Scientists. As a result, it was accepted to compete, beating hundreds of teams worldwide for a coveted spot in the show.
Ostrich Air has proven that nothing is impossible, and with your help, we can truly make a difference.