Pierce Aerospace, DroneShield Partner on Integration of Remote ID and Counter Drone Tech

Pierce Aerospace, DroneShield Partner to Integrate Remote ID and C-UAS Technologies

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby

Pierce Aerospace has partnered with Counter-UAS leader DroneShield to integrate Pierce Aerospace’s Flight Portal ID Remote ID technologies into DroneShield’s C-UAS and Command and Control systems, including DroneSentry-C2, granting end users enhanced situational awareness and advanced UAS identification capabilities starting in 2023.

Based in the United States and Australia and with a presence in more than 100 countries, DroneShield is a leader in C-UAS technology with a recent recommendation from the U.S. DOD’s Joint C-sUAS Office (JCO). DroneShield has clients ranging from the United States Air Force to Australian Defence Force and several European defense agencies.

“We’ve worked with DroneShield for a few years at private and DOD-sponsored C-UAS integration events,” said Pierce Aerospace CEO Aaron Pierce. “DroneShield has been a consistent advocate for our capabilities, and their technologies offer a great platform for integration. Their C-UAS systems are proven, and I’m excited to see end users work with an integrated solutions package that pairs radio frequency based detect and defeat, innovative command and control, and our Remote ID and Combat ID capabilities.”

Prior collaborations between the two companies combined their Remote ID and RF defeat technologies in dismounted, on-the-move, and fixed-site C-UAS experiments. Incorporating Flight Portal ID’s data feeds into DroneShield’s DroneSentry-C2 system gives users the ability to positively identify UAS, improving security operations by offering a comprehensive air picture with target discrimination.

“The integration of Flight Portal ID and DroneSentry-C2 provides users with the comprehensive picture needed to deconflict their airspace, maintain safe flight operations for both crewed and uncrewed aircrafts, while also having the real-time intelligence and means necessary to protect that airspace,” said DroneShield CEO Matt McCrann . “It’s a game changer – not only for security and Counter-UAS adoption, but this joint capability also addresses key requirements for effective Unmanned Traffic Management and serves as an enabler of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) initiatives.”

This new integration can be deployed for a myriad of potential applications, with Unmanned Traffic Management and C-UAS solutions continuing to combine in many instances throughout civilian, Government, military, and private use cases.

Pierce Aerospace’s Flight Portal ID comprises Remote ID receivers, broadcast modules, software, integration capabilities, and remote administration services. Flight Portal ID provides cutting edge Remote ID solutions and boasts an integration service record with roughly a dozen commercial unmanned traffic management (UTM), detect and avoid (DAA), and DoD command and control (C2) and C-UAS systems. Both commercial and government solutions are currently available for integration with C-UAS, UAS OEMs, and UTM providers.

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Ian attended Dominican University of California, where he received a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he is now contributing to DroneLife as a staff writer.

Digital Towers Could Direct Air Traffic from 100 Miles Away: Saab and Altitude Angel Partner

Altitude Angel Partners with Saab to Integrate UTM into Digital Tower Technologies

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby

Altitude Angel and Saab have announced their formation of a partnership that will enable the integration of Altitude Angel’s UTM technology platform as part of Saab’s Digital Tower (r-TWR), a flexible and scalable solution for a variety of use cases.  Building upon Saab’s video processing, visual presentation, and automation solutions, the r-Tower is currently utilized by civil and military airports in Sweden, UK, US, and Germany, with further implementations underway in Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, and Romania.

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With the partnership underway, Altitude Angel will start to integrate GuardianUTM’s services into the r-TWR, enabling the digital authorization and management of uncrewed flights alongside crewed flights.

“We’ve been working with Saab Tower Systems and Saab (operating the world’s first Digital Tower Centre in Sundsvall, Sweden) for some time and I’m excited to announce the formal partnership agreement,” said Altitude Angel CBO Richard Ellis. “Our partnership with Saab allows us to seamlessly fuse cutting-edge ATM and UTM technologies in one innovative offering reducing time, effort, and complexity for airports, ANSPs, and drone operators to safely carry out operations integrated into the airspace. Through the integration of GuardianUTM, Saab will be able to provide Digital Towers which are equipped and ready for the demands of our future skies, as the use of drones increases and Urban Air Mobility through eVTOL aircraft becomes a day-to-day occurrence.”

“In Altitude Angel, Saab can partner with the provider of the leading UTM platform in order to provide our airport and ANSP customers with the greatest and most accurate picture of the sky they manage,” said Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions CEO Per Ahl. “In harmony with the capability the Saab r-TWR gives us, GuardianUTM Enterprise is providing us with key functionalities the future proof our product for existing and new customers.”

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Ian attended Dominican University of California, where he received a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he is now contributing to DroneLife as a staff writer.

AgEagle Announces eBee X™ receives design verification essential for BVLOS and operations over people from EASA - sUAS News - The Business of Drones
AAAC, and BEYOND, The No-Confidence Game – sUAS News – The Business of Drones

The FAA has known for more than a decade now that they were going to be mandated to integrate drones into the NAS. The 2012 FAA Reauthorization was signed into law. The September 2014 Part 107 rollout mandate came and went as well as the 2015 full NAS integration mandate. The FAA simply said ATO wouldn’t be ready and without any data to back up the assertion, it just went away.

Yes, I had concerns about the FAA missing the 2015 deadline in 2011. Why? Because there were no penalties or ramifications stipulated in the reauthorization language for not meeting those deadlines. The other issue I had was a lack of FUN-ding, aka money allocated to get the work done. It has been my experience that it is difficult to get government buy-in without some FUN-ding.

So we had no Part 107 in 2014 and no NAS integration in 2015, but the good news was the FAA was ready to make some progress on collecting data, so they rolled out Pathfinder. I don’t know what happened to the LATAS solution, but the FAA doubled down on BVLOS in 2018 with the UAS IPP and then tripled down with BEYOND!

Unfortunately, Pathfinder turned out to be a total poop-show, with PrecisionHawk being out of compliance with their 107.31 BVLOS FAA favour waiver for 12 to 15 months. The FAA’s Jeremy Grogan (AKA The Amazing Grogan) and purported drone policy expert Diana Cooper determined during a short phone call, albeit thousands of miles away from the AO, without logbooks or a responsible party listed on the waiver that all of the purported fly-always, shoot downs and flyways were safe.

https://www.faa.gov/uas/resources/events_calendar/archive/2018_uas_symposium/media/Submitting-Operational-Waiver-Requests.pdf

Who needs an in-depth risk analysis and or a site visit when you’ve got some hearsay and mystic powers? It makes perfect sense why HQ shut down two or three local FSDO investigations when you have a couple of experts like these working through the minutia. With a combo like that, it is no wonder why the FAA enlisted the PrecisionHawk experts for help with the DAC and other rulemaking efforts. It
amazes folks that with that kind of praxis at their disposal PrecisionHawk hit the
rocks.

https://www.suasnews.com/2019/06/asleep-at-the-bait-and-switch/

After all, the dust died down, and no FAA enforcement actions were initiated; many assumed that the de facto PrecisionHawk case study proved that flying drones BVLOS safely in the NAS without VOs or federal oversight is possible. The 107.39 waivers not being revoked might suggest that the current regulations and policy could be unnecessarily onerous? The FAA didn’t even look at the Pathfinder data for over a year; did they already know flying drones BVLOS in the NAS was safe?

Was the UAS IPP an effort to bolster the notion with data that confirmed what they already knew? Is that why the program was so limited? I remember a certain pundit who had misgivings about the program back in 2018, and now after reading the audit, it appears that I may have been right.

I’m not a huge fan of the 10 winners UAS IPP because I believe it is too limited for a Country like this. I believe a real UAS IPP should be inclusive of the Country as a whole, all of together.  One thing is for sure, there is a new sheriff in town, and if you’re not a UAS IPP winner you may want to think about rewriting or even buying a new playbook. 

https://www.suasnews.com/2018/05/uas-ipp-a-sea-change-for-the-us/

This latest audit from the U.S. Department of Transportations Office of the Inspector General and BEYOND participants didn’t have too much praise for the FAA’s progress on the whole body of work.

https://www.oig.dot.gov/library-item/38940

I’m not going to break down the audit as I suggest you read it for yourself, possibly twice, as was recommended to me by someone at the FAA. The punch line on the audit is some pragmatic recommendations to help the FAA meet its 2015 NAS integration mandate.

I know Amazon has got some billion-dollar crawl, walk, run dreams –

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2022-04-10/amazon-drone-crashes-
delays-put-bezos-s-delivery-dream-at-risk

Sure, at first blush it sounds like a mess, and it is no wonder the FAA is tight-lipped. Believe it or not, the audit is the DoT OIG being gracious, but whatever shade of lipstick they put on that pig, your humble author is vindicated yet again.

I certainly hope this audit doesn’t put a damper on the BVLOS ARC recommendations. Folks are so excited and are clamouring for the FAA to implement the recommendations as is. However, I only see the potential for more issues. Don’t forget to get permission to ask questions on the Facebook broadcast. I’m thinking about asking this one again.

  1. Did anyone at the FAA know that DJI had CCP/PRC funding?
    https://www.suasnews.com/2019/08/did-dji-bamboozle-you-too/
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2022/02/01/china-funding-
    drones-dji-us-regulators/

The DoD vendor companies that held the reins on the regulatory process (pre-PRC rulemaking involvement), including the ASTM, RTCA, sUAS, and UAS ARC, are back.

These are some of the same folks who made the recommendations on Part 107. Sure they make the drone “no one uses anymore,” but that doesn’t mean they don’t know what they are talking about for small businesses, right? Just curious, how did you spend your NASA ACCESS 5 free money? Oh, you didn’t get any?

http://susbexpo.com/Navy%20SEAL%20Jocko%20Willink%20Breaks%20Down%20Combat%20Scenes%20From%20Movies%20%20GQ.mp4

One of the many rubs here is the FAA still needs data twenty to thirty years on. Heck, the DoT OIG contends the FAA still needs to establish goals, milestones, and performance measures. I hesitated even bringing this up again for the umpteenth time in twenty years because I didn’t want to sound like I was nitpicking. Hard to implement anything when you’ve got nothing but exemptions, favour waivers, and a
Regulation and Policy group demotion.

Some contend that the FAA’s single-source DoD vendor industry commercial conjecture input subsequently created a vacuum that allowed the CCP/PRC to waltz in, invest a billion-plus dollars, and take the 20-year technology lead from the USA.

The FAA ban decimated the domestic, commercial UAS industry, and some of the following haphazard policies rocked the RC hobby.

Did the CCP/PRC get a good ROI on their US policy efforts?

The only other market indicator you need is to ask how many Fortune 500 companies have already gotten out of drones and why?

Originally published in the 2022 Small Unmanned Systems Business Journal

https://www.suasnews.com/2022/06/the-2022-small-unmanned-systems-business-journal-2/

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LMT and partners’ joint technologies enable UAVs to integrate into active air traffic, as demonstrated at GOF 2.0

Drones have been demonstrated to successfully integrate into common airspace with manned aircraft at the GOF 2.0 Roadshow in Riga. The demonstration was conducted by LMT, a mobile innovator and the leading telecom operator in Latvia, in collaboration with Latvijas Gaisa Satiksme (LGS), the local air traffic controller, and the GOF2.0 consortium.

GOF 2.0 is an EU-funded project focused on the safe integration of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in urban airspace. LMT was chosen as the cellular network provider for the demonstration in Latvia, where the focus was on the integration of UAVs into urban areas for various purposes and the role of cellular networks, especially 5G coverage, in achieving this.

”Mobile networks and 5G will play a critical role in the successful incorporation of UAVs in common airspace. At the GOF2.0 Roadshow in Riga, LMT aims to demonstrate how mobile networks can support the safe inclusion of UAVs into the common air traffic by enabling UAV-to-UAV and UAV-to-ground communication. This is crucial for flight risk assessment and hence successful deployment of drone technologies.” 

– Gints Jakovels, LMT Innovation Lead

”The combined capabilities of the GOF2.0 consortium are brought to different locations to demonstrate how it enables equitable access to airspace and supports Urban Air Mobility operations in complex airspace,” explained Maria Tamm, GOF2.0 project coordinator at Estonian Air Navigation Services (EANS).

During the demonstration that took place in the vicinity of Riga International Airport, four scenarios were executed under active air traffic conditions:

  • Coordinated flights of piloted aviation and UAV in Riga airport
  • First Responder UAS operation near Riga airport
  • Inspection of a construction site
  • Inspection of freeport of Riga in RIGA CTR

As noted by Maria Tamm, GOF2.0 project coordinator at EANS, the goal was to demonstrate and understand how easily Communications Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) and Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) data and systems, as well as local unmanned and manned aircraft operators can be integrated into the GOF2.0 solution. This was to showcase the international scalability of the U-space architecture. U-space is an ecosystem facilitating a Safe and Secure Integration of drones.

To calculate where an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) can safely fly beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS), LMT’s cellular network data were integrated into the Dimitor’s AirboneRF platform.

”The digitization of the airspace and the automation of the processes lay the foundation for BVLOS drone operations. This is what we, together with LMT, have demonstrated at GOF 2.0 trials in Latvia, using AirborneRF to analyze airspace connectivity and ground risk and seamlessly exchange the required 4G/5G network data from LMT with the U-Space.” 

– Thomas Wana, CTO & Co-founder of Dimetor

The demonstration was organized by the GOF 2.0 consortium, LMT, Latvijas Gaisa Satiksme (LGS), METRUM, State Fire and Rescue Service Republic of Latvia, and AirBaltic Training. Demonstrations of the use of GOF 2.0 drones are in collaboration with the Comp4Drones project.

About LMT

LMT is a mobile telecommunications operator and market leader in Latvia, currently amongst the most efficient mobile data networks in the world. As a market leader, LMT brings its expertise to successful collaborations with international organizations, governmental, academic, and start-up ecosystem partners. LMT believes the future to be mobile-only and builds pioneering solutions based on cutting-edge wireless technology.

About GOF 2.0

GOF 2.0 is an international project for testing the shared airspace architecture of congested airspace. By organizing drone test flights, GOF 2.0 consortium aims to create a deeper understanding of unified airspace in which both unmanned and manned aircraft operate together.

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ConOps for eVTOL Operations: Wisk Aero and Skyports Detail Integration with Vertiports

OneSky NASA ConOps eVTOLConOps for eVTOL: Wisk Aero and Skyports Partner to Integrate eVTOL Operations at Vertiports

Today, Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) leader Wisk Aero announced a partnership with vertiport leader Skyports for the integration of autonomous, electric, vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft operations at vertiports (landing sites for eVTOL aircraft) and other ground-based infrastructure. This is the first partnership of its kind between a vertiport developer-operator and an autonomous eVTOL developer in the U.S.

Recognizing that autonomy is essential to unlocking the full potential of AAM, Wisk and Skyports are working to enable vertiports and other ground-based infrastructure to support autonomous operations. The partners are examining areas such as physical aircraft considerations, passenger accommodation, schedule management, ground operations management, final approach and takeoff management, navigational aids, situational awareness, contingency management, and airspace design.

Wisk and Skyports have released a Concept of Operations (ConOps) detailing the ways in which autonomous eVTOL aircraft and operators will integrate with vertiports, as well as defining the necessary upgrades, retrofits, and procedure changes to allow for safe autonomous operations. The ConOps also describes the required systems and interactions between the aircraft, its fleet operator, and the vertiport.

“We are excited to partner with Skyports, a leader in vertiports and AAM infrastructure,” said Wisk CEO Gary Gysin. “It is critical that future operations are autonomous for safety, scalability, and affordability. With this ConOps, Wisk and Skyports are helping to define those future operations while ensuring the long-term success and full potential of this industry.”

“It’s important that infrastructure built today can accommodate the aircraft of tomorrow,” said Duncan Walker, CEO of Skyports. “We are thrilled to be partnered with Wisk as they push the bounds of aircraft systems innovation. The ConOps and our continued work on the development of vehicle-agnostic vertiports and ground-based infrastructure will ensure that this industry is well prepared to safely integrate autonomous operations in the future.”

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Ian attended Dominican University of California, where he received a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he is now contributing to DroneLife as a staff writer.

Swoop Aero, Skyports, BD Rowa Partner: Air Logistics in the Pharmaceutical Industry
Swoop Aero, Skyports, BD Rowa Partner: Air Logistics in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Swoop Aero in Namibia Swoop Aero SkyportsSwoop Aero, Skyports, BD Rowa Partner to Integrate Air Logistics in the Pharmaceutical Industry

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby

Today, drone service and technology leaders Swoop Aero and Skyports and pharmaceutical product provider BD Rowa announced the formation of a strategic partnership that aims to overhaul health supply chains across global markets by implementing autonomous air logistics into the pharmaceutical industry.  This collaboration will improve the health supply chain and system outcomes, resulting in major benefits for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries and their patients.

“There are so many touch points along the journey pharmaceutical products take from the point of manufacture to the point of patient care,” said Eric Peck, CEO and Co-founder of Swoop Aero. “Deploying technology at any one of these provides opportunities to improve healthcare system outcomes. By seamlessly integrating sustainable air logistics to deliver medical supplies, we have already seen significant improvements to access to medicine through our operations.”

“Next level thinking is to look outside your immediate field of focus, at what other leading providers are doing in the supply chain, and explore opportunities where collaboration can create more value,” Peck continued. “BD Rowa has a strong pedigree in developing automated storing and dispensing solutions for wholesalers, pharmacies, hospitals and patients. We are looking forward to working with them to augment the value they bring to health systems by integrating autonomous air logistics.”

Skyports views the healthcare and pharma sector as being full of opportunities for the application of drone logistics.

“We already know the power that drone logistics can bring to healthcare settings from our work with the NHS in the UK, transporting pathology samples and COVID-19 tests,” said Alex Brown, Director of Skyports Drone Services. “In just the UK to date, we have saved over 12,000 hours of patient waiting time, meaning that patients can start treatment sooner and get on with their lives. With this partnership with BD Rowa we’re bringing drone delivery to the pharmaceutical sector to provide speed, frequency and reliability to patients located in hard-to-reach communities across the UK, Europe and the Middle East. We look forward to rapidly expanding this service in collaboration with BD Rowa and Swoop Aero.”

BD Rowa, after recently expanding into the last mile delivery space, saw working with autonomous air logistics leaders as a clear next step.

“We were impressed with Swoop Aero’s technology and the impact they and Skyports were having deploying it in global markets in conjunction with major players in the healthcare industry,” said Mario Ulrich, Global Industry Leader Pharmaceutical Distribution Center, BD Rowa. “It was clear early on that we shared common ground. We are excited to bring this new technology and the specialist expertise of both Swoop Aero and Skyports to the table in our discussions with customers globally.”

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Ian attended Dominican University of California, where he received a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he is now contributing to DroneLife as a staff writer.

AgEagle Integrates Wing OpenSky into Measure Ground Control
AgEagle Integrates Wing OpenSky into Measure Ground Control

AgEagle Wing OpenSky MeasureAgEagle Teams with Wing to Integrate OpenSky into Ground Control

by Ian M. Crosby

Today, industry leader AgEagle Aerial Systems Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Measure, has teamed up with Wing in order to integrate Wing’s OpenSky airspace access app into Measure Ground Control, a software platform for automating drone operations workflows. OpenSky helps drone operators to more easily abide by airspace rules and regulations, as well as request authorization to fly in controlled airspace in near real-time.

“It is AgEagle’s goal to deliver only best-in-class, full stack drone solutions to the market,” said AgEagle CEO Brandon Torres Declet. “In this regard, integrating OpenSky from Wing into Measure Ground Control is expected to materially enhance the capabilities and underpinning value proposition AgEagle offers to our enterprise and government customers, which require accurate situational awareness to safely and compliantly operate their drone programs in the U.S. airspace.”

Measure will make use of Wing’s OpenSky API to assist users in determining where they can fly and plan flight missions. Should they need to request flight authorizations for a specific mission, users will be brought to the OpenSky app to do so, before returning to the Measure app where they can fly their mission, collect and analyze data and more.

“We built OpenSky because we believe it is paramount that everyone be able to access the sky safely,” said Reinaldo Niegron, Wing’s Head of UTM. “Since we launched OpenSky, it has been used by tens of thousands of operators to find out where they can safely fly and request necessary authorizations.”

OpenSky enables recreational and commercial drone operators alike to check airspace information to find out where they can and can’t fly, request authorizations from regulators, and manage and log their flights and permissions to their pilot profile. OpenSky grants near-real-time authorizations for drone pilots who seek to operate in controlled airspaces via the FAA’s LAANC’s program and Australia’s Automated Access Authorizations Trial, and is capable of providing authorizations in seconds. OpenSky is available for free in the U.S. and Australia on both Google Play and the App Store. An API for OpenSky has been developed that lets companies like Measure make OpenSky available to its own users through their own app.

Measure lets enterprises harness the benefits of drone technology through its Ground Control SaaS solution, a cloud-based plug-and-play operating system that provides pilots and large enterprises with everything they need to operate drone fleets, fly autonomously, collaborate globally, visualize data and integrate with existing business systems and processes. Measure has a world class customer base, including Fortune 500 companies such as Marathon Pipeline, CNN, CoStar Group, Nationwide Insurance, SECO Energy, Skanska and Syngenta, and more.

Read more about AgEagle, thoughts from AgEagle CEO Brandon Torres Declet, and AgEagle’s newest acquisition of senseFly.

Ian attended Dominican University of California, where he received a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he is now contributing to DroneLife as a staff writer.

Wingtra and DroneLogbook partner to offer companies a vital overview of drone fleets - sUAS News - The Business of Drones
TUNDRA drone integrated with UgCS Integrated Systems solutions – sUAS News – The Business of Drones

November 3, 2021 (Riga, Latvia) – SPH Engineering and France-based Hexadrone partner to integrate TUNDRA drone with a ground-penetrating radar. The trial flight was conducted in Balogi, Latvia and confirmed the compatibility of the drone with a GPR sensor to perform near surface surveys.

The integration was performed to unlock a new type of drone for industrial, hydrographic, urban  and environmental data collection with the use of a GPR, magnetometers, methane detectors, echo sounders. The solution consists of UgCS software for mission-planning, UgCS SkyHub hardware (on-board computer) for data accumulation, Radar Systems Zond Aero GPR and Hexadrone TUNDRA drone.

Main advantages of the Tundra drone include a modular and multipurpose body that can be integrated with almost any payloads, accessories and modules available on the market or in development. Available in different configurations, it can fly up to 1 hour without payload, 50 minutes with a 1,5kg payload and 30 minutes with the max payload – 4kg.

‘Within this year we have got a few requests from drone producers who aim at enabling real industrial work in the most challenging terrain. We are open to extending UgCS Integrated Systems portfolio with new partners and satisfied with the TUNDRA integration results. We expect the technology will allow Hexadrone to advance their capabilities with the help of GPR solution,’ Alexei Dobrovolskiy, CTO at SPH Engineering, comments.

“The Tundra drone has been designed as a development hub, a toolholder, in order to meet every need. It embodies the word collaborative as it is meant to be the starting point of each and every conceivable development. It is through partnerships that technologies and applications can evolve, that is why we are so proud to be able to work with foreign companies such as SPH Engineering. We are very happy with the integration of their GPR that opens new opportunities for drone users. We’d like to thanks Cédric Botella and the whole Instadrone network – french official distributor of UgCS – as they introduced us to SPH Engineering.” Alexandre Labesse, CEO of Hexadrone, adds.

About SPH Engineering

SPH Engineering (sph-engineering.com) is a multiproduct drone software company and UAV integration services provider. Founded in 2013 in Latvia (EU) as a UAV mission planning and flight control start-up, the company has evolved from a developer of a single flagship product (UgCS) to a market leader of multiple drone solutions. Today, the company boasts a rich global customer and reseller network in 150+ countries, while over 45% of partners are located in North America. To provide high-quality solutions for UAV professionals, SPH Engineering’s team advances four key product lines: UgCS (mission planning and flight control software), UgCS Integrated Systems (airborne integrated systems with sensors from diverse manufacturers), Drone Show Software (only commercially available software to manage drone swarm flights) and ATLAS (AI platform to process and analyze geospatial data).

About Hexadrone

Hexadrone is a French society based near Lyon created in 2014. 50% of its annual turnover is made with the security and defence sectors.The company is divided into 3 main business units. First, the online shop: with more than 3500 products, OEM parts and RTF drones. Different brands are available such as T-Motor, Gremsy, Gryphon Dynamics, Parrot, DJI, HEX…and many more. Second, the Design Office: Specialized in mechanics and mechatronics, the Design Office does R&D both for internal and external needs. It is composed of mechanical and electronic engineers (hardware and software developments). This business unit is in charge of research and collaborative programs management. Third, the TUNDRA dedicated BU: Last April, after 3 years of research and development, the TUNDRA drone was unveiled.  This unit is in charge of the management, industrialization, maintenance and the development of the TUNDRA range as well as its ecosystem, from the design to the production and assembly. A factory dedicated to the production and assembly of the TUNDRA drones was built in 2021. 

Drones for Radiation Detection: Azur Drones Partners with AVNIR Energy

Azur drones for radiation detection

Source: Azur Drones

Azur Drones, AVNIR Energy integrate to develop automated drones for radiation detection.

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby

Azur Drones, a world leader in autonomous surveillance and inspection drones, is collaborating with AVNIR Energy, a specialist in engineering in the nuclear energy sector, to develop the first ever autonomous aerial solution for detecting radioactivity. The solution is designed for the environmental monitoring of nuclear sites, as well as ensuring the safety of these sites, both in France and abroad.

The collaboration sees the integration of a radioactivity sensor into Azur Drones’ Skeyetech drone-in-a-box solution. Skeyetech, a resident autonomous drone capable of carrying out its missions without a remote pilot, is the first drone system to be approved in Europe for Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) flights. Skeyetech now embarks AVNIR Energy’s Ionised Zone Inspection Device (DIZI), resulting in the first autonomous vector able to perform detection missions on operational nuclear sites.

Drones for Radiation Detection

Director of AVNIR Energy Jacques Charvin explains, “the DIZI sensor is much more than just a Geiger counter, it is a scintillation detector capable of detecting, measuring and identifying the radioisotopes present. We are delighted to have succeeded in integrating this state-of-the-art sensor on an autonomous drone”.

“The integration of the DIZI sensor on the Skeyetech solution offers the possibility of carrying out radioactivity readings at any location on a site in complete safety,” said Azur Drones COO Nicolas Billecocq. “As a result, we are actively participating in the environmental monitoring of nuclear sites and contributing to their safety.”

The solution administers real-time readings during its routine surveillance, and can also be deployed in seconds to a given site in response to an alert. In a situation that renders human access inadvisable or impossible, Skeyetech-DIZI can be controlled remotely and deployed to complete reconnaissance and site inspection missions. The solution is currently being rolled out in France on a site belonging to a leading nuclear industry player, and is already attracting interest from several nuclear operators, both in France and abroad.

“We are proud of the collaboration between Azur Drones and AVNIR Energy, which provides the nuclear industry with an innovative and truly value-creating solution”, added Azur Drones CEO Jean-Marc Crépin.

To learn more about Azur’s unique drone-in-a-box solution, see our previous articles on Azur’s investment funding, security application at Dunkirk port, and work in Denmark.

Ian attended Dominican University of California, where he received a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he is now contributing to DroneLife as a staff writer.