NUAIR and Aveopt: Integrating Communication Infrastructure into NY Drone Corridor

NUAIR and AveoptNUAIR Integrates Aveopt Communication Infrastructure into NY Drone Corridor

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby

The Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance, Inc. (NUAIR) has announced that Aveopt Inc. is joining the NUAIR Alliance. Additionally, Aveopt’s Communication Infrastructure Mesh (CIMTM) system concept is being integrated into New York’s 50-mile drone corridor in order to further the reality of safe and secure commercial drone operations. The Aveopt CIMTM incorporates cross-communication between multiple modes of communication such as cellular, satellite and remote sensors, resulting in a multi-redundant, reliable communications network for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations. A safe and reliable communications network is essential for a UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system, beyond visual line of sight flight, and commercial drone operations.

“A safe, reliable and functional UTM system cannot be built by one company,” said Ken Stewart, CEO of NUAIR. “It’s going to take a myriad of specialized companies throughout different industries, government support and cross-state collaboration. Aveopt’s cross-communication technology and expertise is a key addition to our Alliance, advancing the reality of safe and reliable commercial drone operations.”

“Mobility, to include Aerial Mobility, is a significant contributor to the enablement of disruptive technologies. Disruptive technologies such as AI, Robotics, Remote Sensing and IoT are expected to contribute substantially to the global economy over the next 10 – 15 years,” said Aveopt Inc. CEO Art Kahn. “We see the NUAIR Alliance as a focal point for the advancement and adoption of AAM/UAM operations. The Aveopt team is proud to have become a member of the NUAIR Alliance.”

Signal availability, strength and reliability all vary by location. The Aveopt CIM™ is engineered to actively monitor the communication signals in the local area where a drone is flying in order to identify the optimal signal in terms of strength and reliability. It then designates that signal as the primary communication source for operations, moving the other signals “down the list” of backup communication networks. The system will also feature the ability to alternate between service providers to obtain the most reliable signal for safe drone operations.

Safety and reliability remain crucial elements in establishing a UTM system and routine commercial drone operations such as package and medical deliveries. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and NASA continue to look to NUAIR and the UAS industry for assistance in the establishment of rules, regulations and systems needed to safely incorporate unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system.

Read more about NUAIR, the NY Drone Corridor, flight over people, and UTM.