Aveopt adds multi-redundant communications capability to New York’s 50-mile drone corridor

Communications company Aveopt is to integrate its Communication Infrastructure Mesh (CIM) system concept into New York’s 50-mile drone corridor to advance the reality of safe and secure commercial drone operations, says the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR) which manages the corridor.

The Aveopt CIM integrates cross-communication between multiple modes of communication including cellular, satellite and remote sensors, creating a multi-redundant, reliable communications network for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations. A safe, reliable communications network is a key functionality for a UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system, beyond visual line of sight flight, and commercial drone operations.

The availability, strength and reliability of communication signals varies from one location to another. The Aveopt CIM is designed to actively monitor the communication signals in the local area where a drone is flying and determines which signal is the “best” in terms of signal strength and reliability. It then selects that signal as the primary communication source for operations and moves the other signals “down the list” of backup communication networks. The system will also have the ability to switch between services providers to acquire the most reliable signal for safe drone operations.

“A safe, reliable and functional UTM system cannot be built by one company,” said NUAIR CEO Ken Stewart. “It’s going to take a myriad of specialized companies throughout different industries, government support and cross-state collaboration. Aveopt’s cross-communication technology and expertise is a key addition to our Alliance, advancing the reality of safe and reliable commercial drone operations.”

“Mobility, to include Aerial Mobility, is a significant contributor to the enablement of disruptive technologies. Disruptive technologies such as AI, Robotics, Remote Sensing and IoT are expected to contribute substantially to the global economy over the next 10 – 15 years,” said Art Kahn, CEO of Aveopt Inc. “We see the NUAIR Alliance as a focal point for the advancement and adoption of AAM/UAM operations. The Aveopt team is proud to have become a member of the NUAIR Alliance.”

Safety and reliability continue to be key elements in establishing a UTM system and routine commercial drone operations like package and medical deliveries. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) continue to turn to NUAIR and the UAS industry to help establish the rules, regulations and systems needed to safely integrate unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system.

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