What exactly do you do?
Aersys is building a network of infrastructure to enable the interaction between different delivery companies and different delivery technologies to complete fast, flexible, and affordable deliveries. Specifically, we will install and maintain micro-fulfillment centers in urban and suburban areas. These devices, called AerNodes, can scale to be as small as a car parking space or as large as a building.
AerNodes are designed with one main objective - compatibility. Every drone, rover and vehicle is unique with their own methods of loading and unloading packages. On top of that, every company has its own standards and procedures. Since creating a standard would stifle innovation, we embrace diversity by creating a device that supports many standards. How do we do this? That's still a secret.
Each delivery has unique requirements. A last-minute gift needs to be delivered quickly while an internet return might prioritize price. A high value item might need extra security while a hot meal needs to be kept warm. In a rapidly growing market, where more items and more types of items are being delivered, specialization among delivery companies to handle consumer expectations is a must.
WHERE IT COMES TOGETHER
Deliveries are completed in legs. A leg can be from a consumer or business to an AerNode (the head), an AerNode to an AerNode (the body), or an AerNode to a consumer or business (tail). Delivery companies best suited to complete a particular delivery leg are tasked with doing so. By partnering with many specialized and innovative delivery companies, we always provide the best service and stay above the competition.
What types of services will you offer?
We offer many services to many groups of people. Here are a few examples.
Our primary service is to complete deliveries with the help of our delivery partners. This service is for businesses and individuals alike. Restaurants can deliver orders faster and for better rates than current options. Individuals can send items to friends or complete a return of an online order. We also plan to support delivery of medications, alcohol, and other items that require identity verification.
For outdoor events, we offer mobile AerNode rentals. Unlike food trucks, AerNodes can support instant delivery from any vendors within a certain radius. In addition, customers can continue enjoying the event while they wait for their order. We allow event organizers to curate options available on the mobile AerNodes and even charge a fee or percentage on all orders.
For theme parks and large events like the Olympics, an internal delivery system can increase efficiency and be an attraction by itself. Aersys can set up a private network for those who need it. For monitoring the network, subscribers can take complete control using a version of AMPLL (see below), or offload the responsibility to our 24/7 monitoring team.
Aersys Management, Planning, and Logistics Layer (AMPLL)
AMPLL is used by Aersys, our delivery partners, private networking managers, maintenance personnel, and others to ensure everyone's delivery experience is a good one. This powerful application is built in modules, so every tool our partners and clients need is available. The core application is available on Windows 10, with support applications available on iOS, Android, and Web.
What types of transportation methods will you support?
There are currently several transportation technologies we support. Here is a list:
- Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) - Drone
- Autonomous Ground Vehicle (AGV) - Rover
- Autonomous Road Vehicle (ARV)
- Manned Road Vehicle (MRV) - Traditional Vehicle
MRVs include cars, sprinter vans, box tracks and semis. ARVs can simply be autonomous MRVs or entirely different. As new vehicles emerge, we will be ready. The AerNode is modular and easy to upgrade so we will always be the first to support new transportation technologies.
How will you address the current restrictions on drone delivery?
The simple answer is, it's complicated. Yes, each country currently has several restrictions on drone operations that have slowed the implementation of this technology. However, regulations are quickly catching up and several countries are leading the way in making commercial drone deliveries a reality. For example, Iceland has allowed an Israeli startup, Flytrex, and its partner, Aha, to begin the first commercial drone deliveries in its capital of Reykjavik.
In the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has stronger restrictions. Currently, there are two rules that prevent drone deliveries:
- The UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle or drone) must stay within the line of sight of the pilot.
- The UAV may not fly directly over people.
Through the FAA's Part 107 Waiver Program, companies can request exemptions from the rules above if they meet certain safety guidelines. With no restrictions on commercial autonomous flight, the Part 107 waivers, and the FAA's push to build new infrastructure to incorporate drones (such as LAANC), the United States is very close to seeing its first commercial drone deliveries.
Since Aersys does not operate its own drones, we are partly sheltered from changing regulations. We are also optimistic that regulations globally will adapt to allow commercial drone deliveries in the near future.
Are there any other companies working on this?
The delivery space has become very crowded recently with startups and industry leaders working hard to innovate. However, no company is tackling the delivery problem the way we are.
We know that a single company cannot innovate faster than every one of its competitors. We accept that and we embrace it. We are building a platform that is open to everyone - even our "competitors" - and that means we will always provide the best delivery service. We believe in teamwork and specialization. That is a perspective rarely seen in our industry.
What stage are you in and what is your timeline?
Aersys is still in an early stage of development. We are timing our growth with the emergence of commercial drone and rover deliveries.
We are anticipating a full-scale pilot in 2021 and commercial release soon after. We plan to demo our technology in late 2019 or early 2020. Unfortunately, further details about our timeline remain confidential. If you are an accredited investor and would like to learn more, please get in touch.
I am interested in working with you. Should I get in touch?
Absolutely! We love to talk to our customers, clients, and partners early so we can get your feedback as we make progress.
Whoever you are, if you are interested in what we are doing, do not hesitate to get in touch. We hope to build a strong community of partners, advisors, and supporters as we disrupt a century-old industry.