Brighton-based cell tower manufacturing company Aradatum closed its seed funding round with $10 million, doubling its $5 million target within five months of launch.
The funding allows Aradatum to finalize the pilot installations for its next-generation self-powered 5G mobile cell towers.
Fueled by vertical wind turbines, the 150- to 200-foot-tall towers fill gaps in the nation’s energy infrastructure by using stored power to charge electric and autonomous vehicles. By connecting rural and urban areas and creating clean energy jobs, Aradatum expects to help Michigan develop its EV infrastructure.
The towers also give mobile and virtual network operators access to fixed wireless, Citizens Broadband Radio Service, edge computing, and private networks in previously unreached locations with 99.999 percent reliability.
“COVID-19 laid bare massive rural and urban areas in the U.S. where people were unable to work because they were stuck at home with no internet access,” says Larry Leete, president of Aradatum. “Aradatum saw the challenge and created a new telecommunications tower that could go wherever people need it to charge their cars and access a reliable and instantaneous internet connection.”
Livonia-based Roush is Aradatum’s partner on manufacturing and engineering. Aradatum secured six patents in the U.S. and internationally to date with several more awaiting approval.