Strayos: A SaaS Platform Built to Protect
April 18, 2017

This week, the Quake team is highlighting Strayos, the cloud-based SaaS platform that is currently disrupting mining operations in the United States and abroad. Strayos provides industrial-grade image processing and aerial data analytics solutions to enterprises that rely on aerial images to make actionable decisions.

It’s understandable and perhaps expected that, in such a high-stakes industry, the founders of Strayos are forces to be reckoned with in their own right. Ali Ahmadi is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he completed over 650+ successful drone flight missions. Shortly thereafter, he managed drone programs with the Department of Defense and then spent eight years with Siemens working in industrial technology. Ravi Sahu is an expert technologist in the enterprise software industry with twelve years of experience creating and monetizing software for Fortune 500 companies.

Quake asked Ahmadi where the idea for Strayos originated, and he identified several urgent problems in the industry. He explained, “productivity in the mining and construction industries has decreased by twenty percent in recent years, and over eighty percent of projects are delayed, all due to the lack of real-time information.” The aerial intelligence industry has shown rapid growth in the past decade, meaning that operations have not yet become standardized. Augmented by “complex, unorganized, and chaotic” industry-specific processes, there persists a dangerously slow delivery of aerial intelligence data. From that delay results a “loss of data value, a lack of uniform standards, and a complex data supply chain.”

Strayos not only strives to gather aerial intelligence data, but it also works to protect human lives. The team has seen the numbers: each year, over 2,500 miners die globally as a direct result of blasting operations. By eliminating the need for a human presence inside the craters of mines, Strayos' software can prevent thousands of deaths.

Far from a small fish in a big pond, Strayos has already gained traction and developed strategic partnerships within the U.S., Chinese, and Indian markets. When asked about their long-term goals, the Strayos team outlined their five-year “Strayos Grand Vision”. In half a decade, they foresee Strayos' software and data products fully integrated not only into other infrastructure IT systems, but also into automated heavy industrial equipment to support future industry developments and autonomous mining operations.

With Quake’s guidance and support, we’re confident Strayos will continue disrupting its industry and protecting the lives of thousands.

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