Okay, it’s not really fair to call a 14-year old business a “startup”. However, Nelson Paez’s company is quite different today than it was in 2000.
Below is DreamHammer’s dream of bringing the same UAV controls they’ve built for military operations of drones to commercial operations in the future.
DreamHammer sees a future fast approaching in which drones are an everyday part of business. If the company has its way, entire fleets of drones and robots – whether an air vehicle, a space vehicle or a ground or surface vehicle – will use one inter-operable operating system.
DreamHammer began in 2000 by providing global identity management systems and IT security consulting to Fortune 500 companies like Blue Cross of California, Lockheed Martin and Best Buy.
In 2004, DreamHammer transitioned from commercial to military customers. By 2008, it had a contract backlog of $70 million and netted 15% on annual revenue of $9.9 million.
Ballista, Controlling Unmanned Vehicles of All Kinds
At the end of 2008 with talk of in-sourcing jobs and military budget cuts, CEO Nelson Paez consulted with Industry, Congressional, DoD and Intelligence leaders about their biggest challenges. The result was a universal unmanned control product called Ballista.
In short, Ballista is an intelligent control platform that allows government and commercial organizations to integrate unrelated unmanned drones and robots from different manufacturers into one system. A single user can manage multiple drones simultaneously.
Built on an open software platform which allows for autonomous and simultaneous control of multiple unmanned vehicles across all domains – space, air, sea and land — Ballista can be run from nearly any computer including a tablet or a phone.
Ballista is quickly being recognized as the world’s most advanced unmanned systems software and is currently being used by the U.S. government and key drone makers.
DreamHammer Mission: Help Drones & Robots Work Together
DreamHammer has their eye on the pending explosive commercial opportunities for unmanned vehicles.
“The key to the future of drones and robots will be their ability to work together,” said Nelson Paez, CEO of DreamHammer. “Until now, there has been no way to tie them together. DreamHammer provides the industry with the ability to provide apps on drone and robotics platforms. The growth could potentially surpass the mobile and PC markets over the next 10 years as unmanned systems become adopted commercially and globally.”
DreamHammer intends to build on what Ballista has done for the military and bring it to the commercial sector.
“Our software is so intelligent and easy to operate, a user who previously required extensive training to manage one drone can now manage multiple drones or robots simultaneously. All to achieve a single task or coordinated mission,” said Paez.
Meet Nelson Paez, DreamHammer CEO
A native of Los Angeles, Nelson Paez has been the CEO of DreamHammer since starting the company in 2000. He’s long been a guy fascinated by the convergence of science and technology. He taught himself computer programming at 10 years old and studied science at California State University at age 13.
After several years as a Defense contractor and computer engineer, Paez left the government sector to bootstrap DreamHammer.
Paez continues to provide visionary, strategic and tactical leadership for DreamHammer, building strategic relationships worldwide and overseeing corporate administration, product development, marketing and sales for the company.
DreamHammer Fast Facts
Headquarters: Santa Monica, California
Other offices: Arlington, Virginia, San Diego, California, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Washington D.C.
2012 Revenue: $6 million
Funding: Raised first external funding in 2012
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