AirMarket and TELUS demonstrate BVLOS drone operations in UTM environment to support Canada’s regulatory framework

UTM company AirMarket and communications company TELUS Corporation completed a live field demonstration of the SKYLINK business solution at an operational TC Energy site in Alberta, Canada at the end of April 2021. The trial integrated Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM), drones-optimized cellular connectivity, computer vision, and an operational concept that allows for the use of multiple drones to efficiently conduct infrastructure surveillance in the national airspace, according to AirMarket.

The flight demonstration activities were conducted in coordination with the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada (PTAC) and TC Energy as part of planned activities within the Energy UTM Trials (EUT).   These trials are supervised by Transport Canada and NAV Canada to provide data for use in regulatory development of UTM and Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone operations.

Customized mobility services established by TELUS have been integrated with UTM and are being prepared for national deployment. The event demonstrated how connected drones will provide advanced business solutions through the use of Computer Vision on-board the drone and in the edge cloud. This real-world demonstration showcased the combination of technologies and operations that will provide automated infrastructure surveillance as part of EUT flight operations.

“Mobility services provide the foundation for enterprise drone use at scale” said Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO at TELUS “This is part of the growing demand for connectivity.”

“Our focus is on real-world applications for the connected drone” said Lindsay Mohr, CEO of AirMarket. “This demo confirms our core capabilities, the business solution use case, and the value of enterprise level UTM services.”

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