ANRA, Switch and NIAS win FAA contract to trial scalable UTM services

Technology infrastructure company Switch in partnership with UTM service provider ANRA Technologies and the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS),  have received a  Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) contract by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to demonstrate and validate UAS Traffic Management (UTM) technology in coordination with NIAS test site. The FAA has awarded the three organisations $848,685 towards an overall contract of $1.79 million.

Switch and ANRA will conduct demonstrations and validation of new unmanned systems, in association with NIAS to evaluate performance thresholds, mitigation strategies, operational constraints, and system requirements for scalable operation of commercial small UAS (sUAS).

According to a company press release:

“Additionally, the project will also provide insight into redundancy, bandwidth, cost estimates, compute, and data storage requirements to operate the UTM safely and securely on a national scale in a scalable and cost-effective manner. ANRA and Switch will leverage hybrid cloud computing mechanisms, a state-of-the art UTM platform, data-driven analytics and The SwitchSIGHT command centers to simulate thousands of simultaneous UAS flights.  Our team’s aim is to realistically test our UTM system to a level that has never been tested before, in order to create the most realistic UTM and BVLOS ecosystem ever attempted.”

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