Paladin founder Divy Shrivastava spent most of his childhood in a town 25 minutes north of Columbus, Ohio. In 2016, just as he was readying to attend UC Berkeley College of Engineering, a close friend’s house caught fire and burned down. This event had a massive impact on Shrivastava and the community as a whole, and introduced him to the world of public safety.
He knew there had to be a better way. After talking to the local fire chief, he learned two important facts:  a fire doubles in size every 30 seconds, and  first responders never have enough information when they arrive on the scene. This is because when someone calls 911, they’re usually panicked, or not trained to assess a scene.
After another fire burned down a campus church during his first year at Berkeley, Shrivastava set out to found Paladin with a single mission—to send autonomous drones to 911 calls to give first responders a live overhead view of an emergency before they arrive, helping to increase situational awareness, decrease response times, and save lives.
In 2021, Paladin released Knighthawk—an autonomous drone with LTE connection, enabling it to fly BVLOS missions—and Watchtower, Paladin's cloud-based DFR software, capable of drone flight, multi-device live-video feeds, and data management within one platform.
Paladin EXT is the next evolution of Paladin's mission to equip first responders with a one-stop solution for a more effective DFR response. Paladin EXT integrates directly with DJI Matrice 300 and Matrice 30 via the built-in PSDK port to leverage the extended range of an LTE connection.
“Paladin’s mission is to build technology that saves lives," says Shrivastava. "Every department that wants DFR should be able to use it. It’s our responsibility as a company to remove barriers to make this happen. Now, with the EXT module, departments won’t need to purchase new equipment to do it. It brings the ease of use and unlimited range of Paladin’s C2 link to the amazing capabilities of DJI’s Matrice lineup, making DFR more accessible than ever before.”
With LTE connection, drones are able to safely travel beyond a three-mile radius from their home base. Traditional radio-based drones carry limitations both in range and scalability, because of the need for remote pilots-in-command (RPICs) with a direct connection from the remote controller to the drone.
By leveraging the power of LTE, agencies and departments can eliminate the need for larger fleets and RPICs on rooftops, and cut down on unnecessary costs to cover the same area. LTE allows for a 3:1 coverage when compared to radio-controlled drones.
LTE is also a major factor in how Paladin is able to acquire BVLOS waivers without the need for a visual observer (VO) on a roof for its existing customers and partners.
About Paladin Drones
Since its founding in 2018, Paladin has set out to solve the lack of critical information first responders experience when responding to calls for service by pushing the limits of next-generation drone technology. Our mission is to harness the power of LTE to give public safety agencies the UAV and remote operation platform they need to gather vital information before arriving on the scene.
Through this, we’ve seen improved officer safety and more effective and efficient service to the communities they protect. Headquartered in Houston Texas, Paladin’s all-in-one solution for Drone as a First Responder (DFR) is powered by our LTE platform that allows first responders to fly beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) and deploy autonomously from a remote home base. Utilizing LTE-based UAVs enables agencies to start a program in a cost-effective way and with fewer human resources to support the program.