AirMap, the leading global airspace management platform for drones, and Honeywell announced the development of a cost-effective drone tracking solution to provide airspace safety authorities with situational awareness of manned and unmanned aircraft operations within an airspace system.
Together, the companies will develop a cost-effective hardware device to allow for unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, to maintain consistent communication with a UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system. UTM is a digital air traffic management system made up of technologies and services designed to maintain safe integration and separation of drones and other aircraft and objects in low-altitude airspace vis the exchange of mission-critical data and telemetry information.
The drone tracking solution co-developed by AirMap and Honeywell will support multiple communication options, including 4G and satellite in areas without 4G coverage, for the broadcast of real-time drone telemetry feeds to a UTM system. The AirMap UTM Platform ingests telemetry feeds from a variety of hardware- and software-based solutions for visualization, monitoring, and deconfliction by air navigation service providers (ANSP) and other relevant authorities.
“The AirMap UTM Platform is designed to provide a real-time operating picture of the airspace for both manned and unmanned aircraft,” said Ben Marcus, AirMap Chairman and Co-founder. “We’ve partnered with Honeywell to deliver a easy-to-use, cost-effective, and drone-agnostic device as a practical way to start managing drone traffic in any environment, today.”
Honeywell is an investor in AirMap and uses AirMap’s application programming interfaces (API) for industrial customers in operations such as inspecting power lines and downstream oil and gas equipment.
The tracker device is available today as a proof of concept for testing.
AirMap is the world’s leading airspace management platform for UAS, otherwise known as drones. Industry developers, drone operators, and airspace managers rely on AirMap’s airspace intelligence and services to fly safely and communicate in low-altitude airspace.
AirMap unlocks safe, efficient, and scalable operations by connecting the world’s drones to airspace authorities through an open platform of APIs and SDKs, with integrations by top drone manufacturers and solution providers including 3DR, DJI, DroneDeploy, Intel, Matternet, and senseFly. Deployed in the Czech Republic, Japan, Switzerland, the United States, and available in over 25 countries, AirMap leads the industry in delivering technology solutions for UAS Traffic Management (UTM) and U-space to enable safe and responsible drone operations at scale. AirMap supports several drone enablement and research projects globally, including NASA UTM, SESAR’s European Network of U-space Demonstrators and the United State’s UAS Integration Pilot Programs.
Learn more about the AirMap UTM Platform at: www.airmap.com
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