The first is the importance of setting global standards for UAS use. That’s why we’ve been involved in the development of the European ‘U-space’ programme to establish protocols for drone flight, tracking and information-sharing. And why we’re one of the few operators influencing the development of the first major ‘drone highways’ – such as the NUAIR corridor outside New York in the USA, the National Beyond visual line of sight Experimentation Corridor (NBEC) at Cranfield Airport in the UK and the Future Flight project in Singapore.
The second is prioritising safety and security of existing airspaces and air traffic. That’s what has driven the development of our Hologarde security system with ADP and DSNA. Hologarde integrates with existing critical infrastructure security systems, and is able to identify, track and even neutralise potentially hostile drones. It’s currently under trial at Charles de Gaulle airport.
And the third is the development of a scalable, flexible and integrated way of managing our airspaces that meets the needs of all users today – and will be able to evolve as drone usage matures. This is our Ecosystem UAS traffic management. It’s a cloud-based platform that lets authorities, ANSPs and drone operators work in an integrated and collaborative way.
Our UAS Traffic Management system lets ANSPs and authorities track and identify drones, monitor their activity, and deliver authorisations to drone pilots and users – all through automated systems that are securely integrated into existing ATM systems.
Beyond managing the skies, Thales is also supporting drone operators with our Soarizon App that lets drone users manage all aspects of their fleets and operations - efficiently and effectively. So they can focus on their business needs. Getting flight authorisations in just a few taps is an example.
These products and services bring together deep expertise from across the Thales group – from our long history in the aviation industry, to our innovations in digital technologies and Gemalto’s expertise with the secure identity management and Internet of Things.