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Profile: KSI Data Sciences Defies the Coming Drone Data Deluge

User-friendly interfaces give operators critical context

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Profile: KSI Data Sciences Defies the Coming Drone Data Deluge
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KSI Data Sciences, based in a former tobacco warehouse in Danville, Va., is unlike most drone startups. For one thing, this company is not designing robotic hardware or offering field services. Instead it’s doing something that is perhaps more important—figuring out how to handle the information collected by our robotic minions.

“Anybody can push out a video stream, but when you start wrapping it with all the telemetry data, all the sensor data, when you’re trying to plot it on maps, when you’re trying to make sense of the area around you, not just push out video—it gets much more complex,” says the company’s cofounder Jason Barton.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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