At World ATM Congress 2017, Thales announces the launch of ECOsystem UTM, an advanced solution for Unmanned Aerial System Traffic Management (UTM), built with key technology from partner Unifly.
Joining forces to satisfy the growing need for UTM, the companies will leverage Thales’s unparalleled expertise in air traffic management, system integration and cyber security as well as Unifly’s dedicated focus on drone management to provide the premier UTM application. The solution will incorporate Unifly’s Validation Engine, a sophisticated software application that conducts real-time validation of drone flight plans, into Thales ECOsystem, a decision support platform for improved aviation operations.
Leveraging more than 10 years of research and technology innovation, ECOsystem1 moved from concept to reality to enable ANSPs, airlines and airport operators to plan, monitor, manage and assess aviation operations for better decisions and better results. Through a suite of tools and predictive analytics, stakeholders optimize their operations, as well as contribute to global optimization through data sharing and collaborative applications. Further, ECOsystem is configurable to the customers’ operational requirements, from a global cloud-hosted service, to a local single-facility deployment.
At last year’s World ATM Congress, Thales launched the first application of ECOsystem, Air Traffic Flow Management. This second application, UTM, integrates drone registration, pilot registration, flight planning, and regulatory/business rules with geospatial and meteorological information to enable adaptable workflows for managing drone operations as well as customizable situational awareness using tools such as map overlays, terrain views and 3D projections. The UTM application and data enable automated flight authorizations as well as real-time alerting and intervention in emergency situations. The application will support the rapidly growing demand for UAS operations in both Visual Line of Sight and Beyond Visual Line of Sight while ensuring the public’s safety, security and privacy.
“The number of drones is growing exponentially. Safely integrating such a large number of drones in the airspace is a challenge. This will require a UTM system that provides a high level of automation as well as a seamless integration into the world of ATM. Thales and Unifly will collaborate to achieve just that.”
Marc Kegelaers, Chief Executive Officer, Unifly
Unifly’s unique validation engine software uses geographically linked data to determine the safety of the intended flight. The Validation Engine is designed to process very large amounts of data. The validation occurs in real-time, both during the flight planning process as well as during the actual flight. Parameters include: position of the drone, airspace, local legislation, no-drone zones, geo-fenced areas, weather, obstacles, roads, as well as other manned and unmanned traffic.
Through working group and industry body participation, Thales and Unifly will team to support the aviation industry as it evolves to safely track and integrate UASs into the manned aviation domain. The companies will collaborate in pursuit of UTM business opportunities around the world.
Note to editors
ECOsystem was recently used as the automaton platform for the 2016 SESAR TOPLINK large-scale demonstration across France, Croatia, and Austria. The demonstration validated the user benefits of deploying System Wide Information Management (SWIM)-based services for aviation operations. TOPLINK demonstrated that SWIM could provide up to 50M € in benefits to the aviation community. About Thales ATMThe world’s largest footprint:
340 TopSky ATM solutions, 7,000 Navaids, 680 radars, 1,800 ADS-B/MLAT stations, and over 16,000 controllers utilising Thales solutions.
Two out of three aircraft take off, reach their destination and land thanks to Thales’s systems.
Participating in all 3 major initiatives for the restructuring of global ATM: Number 1 industrial partner to SESAR, involved in NextGen and ICAO Block Upgrades, Thales fully integrates all of these evolutions in its product roadmap.
Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 62,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €14 billion in 2015. With over 22,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its exceptional international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.
Unifly is world leader in UAS Traffic Management (UTM) and drone fleet management. Unifly is a software company that creates aviation-related solutions for the integration of drones and manned aviation. The Antwerp-based scale-up was founded in 2015 by a team with in-depth knowledge and expertise in aviation. Unifly’s goal is to render aviation safer by creating a cloud-based software platform to enable the safe integration of drones into the manned aviation system.