Frequentis, a leading provider of ATM communication, automation and information solutions and Altitude Angel, the pioneering drone management platform and airspace integration start-up, have entered into a strategic partnership to provide solutions that will allow Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to more safely co-exist in the shared airspace.
The ability for drone technologies to support essential tasks such as emergency health services and organ transport, policing and traffic patrols, highlights the need for them as an important user of airspace. This, however, increases the pressure to safely manage it.
Hannu Juurakko, Vice President ATM at Frequentis explained: “The underlying mission of the industry remains the same – to fly safely and legally in assigned airspaces. Finding a way for drones and manned aircraft to safely coexist is crucial. We understand that building a harmonised framework for air traffic management (ATM) and unmanned traffic management (UTM) is the safest way forward. Altitude Angel’s GuardianUTM platform coupled with Frequentis’ mature, safety-critical infrastructure components and state-of-the art technology will ensure their safe integration into the airspace. Our focus is to enable new business models for our ANSP customers and enable organisations to leverage the potential of these autonomous technologies.”
Altitude Angel Founder & CEO, Richard Parker, added: “Drones have the power to revolutionise business and transform lives. Our GuardianUTM platform provides the most accurate and up-to-date information for drone pilots, and multiple, reliable integration pathways to existing ATM systems and networks built on top of a common interface framework. With Frequentis’ expertise we can move forward in our goals for a harmonised airspace, bringing the ATM and UTM communities together for a more integrated airspace.”
The companies are both involved in many drone research efforts and projects, with the focus on safely integrating them into the airspace. In Oct 2016, Frequentis contributed to the NASA UTM trials at Reno Stead Airport. Altitude Angel was also selected by NATS to provide a drone safety app and UTM solution. Both companies are actively involved in SESAR-driven research, and are members of relevant international and regional working groups, such as at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Global UTM Association (GUTMA), or the standardisation organisation EUROCAE.