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Who is Raptor Maps?
Raptor Maps is led by MIT engineers Nikhil Vadhavkar and Edward Obropta. The company was founded in 2015. Read more about the founders here.
What does Raptor Maps do?
We provide a software solution that improves the value of a solar asset over time. We do this by enabling drone technology to be utilized in solar PV inspections. We efficiently process asset condition and output, create actionable analytics, and deliver this information in a format that easily integrates into any workflow.
Where are you located?
Raptor Maps is headquartered at Greentown Labs’ Global Center for Cleantech Innovation in the Greater Boston area.
Who can use Raptor Maps?
Asset owners, managers, engineers, and construction managers are all able to utilize our software solution.
Do you provide drone services?
Yes, through our large network of drone service provider partners, we’re able to have a local and trusted drone pilot to any site location within two weeks. All drone operations are contracted, managed, and controlled by Raptor Maps.
How long does an inspection take?
The length of time for an inspection depends on the size of the site. Drones are the quickest and most efficient way to inspect a solar PV system; drones accomplish what would take manual IV curve testing 1 day in 1 hour. In our experience, a drone inspection can cover anywhere between 10-50MW in a single day.
How accurate are the findings?
Thermal cameras and drones allow our software to accurately identify anomalies. The software findings are quality checked by a trained team to ensure that module-level anomalies are tagged with 95% accuracy, and string-level anomalies are tagged with 99% accuracy.
How does the software work?
Our software analyzes aerial imagery to identify anomalies causing power production loss. Software tools supported by artificial-intelligence increase power production, reduce risks and lower operation costs by tracking the efficiency of a PV plant over time.
What is Raptor Solar?
Raptor Solar is Raptor Maps full-service post-processing, analytics, and reporting solution for thermal and RGB (color) data created from PV system inspections. Raptor Solar has been used for site inspections as small as 200kw and sites as large as 250MW. You can learn more about Raptor Solar here.
How does pricing work?
The price of our service depends on the type of inspection, the systems’ size, and number of systems being inspected. Please contact us to provide a few basic details about your project so we can provide a quote.
What are the data capture requirements?
Raptor Maps is flexible. We will work with your organization to ensure the fastest workflow for your level of analysis. Please contact us here to learn more.
How long does a report take?
Reports will be delivered within 7-10 days once Raptor Maps receives all data and site details.
Do you do work in solar construction?
Yes, our software supports teams through each stage of the solar PV system construction process, keeping members up-to-date on the progress and status of each project.
Do you do topography work?
Yes, offer analytics on earthwork and clearing, allowing project managers to verify that topography work follows set goals.
Do you do surveying?
Yes, we offer surveying. Users are able to leverage up-to-date aerial imagery and site data during preconstruction.
How long does a report take?
The turnaround time for any solar construction report is 24 hours.
AI, Machine Learning, API
What is your Enterprise AI solution?
Raptor Maps develops custom, end-to-end machine learning and AI solutions for enterprises that leverage drones and aerial data. The Enterprise AI solution includes custom algorithms trained for specific assets, interfaces and alerting systems, incorporation of asset and other IoT/SCADA data, backend IT integration, and more.
Who uses Enterprise AI?
Raptor Maps’ Enterprise AI customers vary, ranging from publicly-traded utilities to multinational food processing companies. If your organization is putting drones or thermal imaging sensors to work, contact us to learn more.
Does your software allow integration?
Yes. Using API endpoints, our software allows integration into and communication with companies’ existing work management systems. Find more information at docs.raptormaps/reference.