XTEND Strengthens Executive Team as it Pioneers Access to Civilian Markets – Democratizing Remote Interactive Operations for All

XTEND, the developer of XOS, a revolutionary human-guided semi-autonomous operating system, has appointed Jim Michel as its new Director of Business Development for Public Safety and Security. Michel will lead the development of XTEND’s civilian business in the US, and drive the future applications of XTEND’s technology, and its scalable and infinitely flexible XOS operating system, in public safety, security, inspection, and other civilian markets.

XTEND’s XOS operating system enables anyone to easily connect and interact within remote environments using drones and other smart machines, without the need for prior knowledge or training. This allows operators to move, see, interact, and run 3rd party applications on remote machines precisely, intuitively, and immersively, using a blend of augmented reality, virtual reality, robotics and AI. This makes XOS perfectly suited for operating devices in civilian scenarios, providing a new way for humans to interact with machines virtually.

“After three years of live operations, XTEND is ready to expand into new markets to ensure Remote Interactive Operations are accessible to everyone,” said Aviv Shapira, co-founder, and CEO at XTEND. “Our aim is to make XOS the operating system of choice in a range of scenarios. Allowing professionals to control remote-powered drones and smart machines and carry out complex tasks that require human interaction and decision-making remotely. Our aim is to begin revolutionizing operations in law enforcement, commercial security, inspection, manufacturing, travel, and entertainment very soon.”

Michel brings over 20 years of experience to XTEND, with a background in remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), and technology expansion in the government and utility ecosystems. He has held leadership roles in the remote sensing and GIS industry for 20 years, most recently leading Skyline Software Systems’ 3D business. He has a degree in Imaging Science and Remote Sensing from the Rochester Institute of Technology and started his career at Eastman Kodak, designing space and aerial imaging systems, along with image processing and manipulation.

XTEND has recently been awarded several multi-million dollar contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense and MAFAT, the Israeli Ministry of Defense’s Research & Development Directorate, to modernize their use of drone technology. In both cases, XOS is already enabling military drone operators to interactively operate multiple smart machines from a remote, safe distance, with zero training.

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