Overwatch Imaging is one of the Gorge’s newest UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) companies, having recently celebrated their one year anniversary. Overwatch helps UAV companies grow into civil and commercial markets by making custom camera systems for those opportunities. From infrastructure inspection, to fire detection and mapping, emergency management and agriculture, Overwatch’s unique solutions emphasize image processing for automatic detection of needles in haystacks. “While camera systems already exist to collect lots of aerial data, our solutions sift through the data in real-time to find the points of interest,” says Founder and Manger Greg Davis. “Our automatic detection versus a person watching hours of video dramatically lowers the cost equation for commercial customers trying to use UAVs as an economically viable tool.” With better information at their fingertips, civil and commercial end users of Overwatch’s solutions are more efficient and effective.
Real-time image processing is unique to the industry, allowing Overwatch to simply present the answer to the customer rather than overwhelming them with data. The business model is also unique in that every product is made in partnership with a customer focused on a specific application, meaning that the base architecture of the camera system is tailored to meet niche requirements. “We are making exactly the right solution for each individual client we work with,” says Greg. This involves rounds of internal rapid prototyping of mechanical, structural and electrical parts as well as experimentation with fitting the pieces together and connectivity of systems.
Typical customers for Overwatch are established US or international companies making long-endurance UAVs, generally for military applications but who are seeking opportunities to grow into civil and commercial uses. Even after just one year, Overwatch is seeing traction in the market for their products. As a result, they have openings for two new positions and one intern to fill out their current staff or four employees and four contract team members (job opening details here). With two co-founders who had spent years in the Gorge’s UAV industry, starting their business here was an easy decision.”There is so much aerospace talent in the Gorge, the supply chain we need, and we love the community,” says Greg. “The Gorge is an ideal place to have a company working in the UAV industry.”
Overwatch is a member of the GTA because “the GTA is a great connector of local like-minded individuals and companies, both as a connector for supply relationships and just as a social connector.” Greg adds, “It’s great to have an organization pulling us all together.” They also appreciate the voice that the GTA gives to our regional tech industry in local, state and national politics as a way for the companies to express their top priorities.
About Greg Davis, Founder and Manager, and Nick Anderson, Founder and Design Engineer
Greg moved from the Bay area in 2006 to join Insitu. After eight years there and two with Cloud Cap, Greg formed Overwatch with Co-Founder Nick Anderson (see below). Outside of the office, Greg enjoys spending time with his three wonderful girls and wife (a teacher at Hood River Valley High School) as they teach the girls all the usual Gorge sports and an early love of tech through FIRST LEGO League. He appreciates the strong ethos of work/ life balance and outdoor recreation in the Gorge and is excited to work in the tech industry in such an awesome place.
Nick grew up in Portland and went to school for aerospace engineering at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He didn’t know there were aerospace companies in the Gorge until the small business he had in college re-selling fiberglass and carbon braided sleeves (that he was running out of his dorm room) took in a web order from someone with “@insitu.com” as the email address. From there he found out about Insitu, applied for an internship and the rest was history. After two years at Insitu and six at Cloud Cap, he left to form Overwatch Imaging with Co-Founder Greg Davis. Outside of the office, Nick enjoys typical Gorge outside pursuits, landscape and aviation photography, and making things such as small robots, home automation, electrical projects, etc.
View Overwatch Imaging’s profile on our website at http://crgta.org/overwatch-imaging.