Aquarius collaborates with National Research Council of Canada to integrate AI-based detect and avoid technology

Aquarius Innovation is collaborating with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to integrate the NRC’s artificial intelligence-based detect and classify systems into Aquarius Innovation’s Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM), also referred to as RPAS Traffic Management (RTM). The company’s patented Unified Transport Protocol (UTP) technology has the potential to advance the way RPAS (or drone) traffic is managed with additional integration of detect and avoid capabilities.

The collaboration between the NRC and Aquarius creates a scalable platform for RTM that allows a single operator to control multiple drones supported by artificial intelligence-based detect-and-avoid systems.

According to a company press release, Aquarius, a Canadian SME, is a member of Transport Canada-led RPAS Traffic Management Action Team (RTMAT), in which the NRC is also a participant. Through its outreach, Aquarius is taking an active role in helping to shape the RPAS industry in Canada and will be collaborating with the NRC on the first phase of this project entitled “Integration of the NRC’s Detect and Classify Module into Aquarius’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) Traffic Management System.”

Aquarius is currently working with an operating partner and a Canadian county to support emergency first responders to perform life-saving operations with their full-service autonomous drone fleet deployment model. Aquarius will first look to unlock their technology for lifesaving operations before enabling commercial and subsequently consumer operations as they deploy their traffic management networks across Canada.

“The Aquarius team is excited to work with the NRC’s Dr. Iraj Mantegh, a leading UAS technology and RTM expert, and his team to develop systems that enable drones to impact both the environment and people’s lives positively,” said Sam Moon, CEO of Aquarius. “Dr. Mantegh has invaluable experience in technology developments and practical research for aerospace and robotics industry in Canada and brings significant experience to this collaboration effort.”

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