BURDI partner Infrabel receives BVLOS authorisation from Belgian regulator

Infrabel has received its first BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) authorisation for the use of drones in railway applications, marking a step forward in the efficiency, safety and innovation of our rail-specific drone operations. BVLOS authorisation enables Infrabel to implement drone technology for trackside inspections, monitoring and maintenance, without being limited to the operator’s line of sight.

Achieving BVLOS authorisation is the result of close collaboration with the Belgian Civil Aviation Authorities, rail experts and BURDI partners.

Infrabel remains committed to leveraging advanced technologies to transform the rail industry, says the company. Having started its BVLOS operations on railway bundles in the Antwerp port area, Infrabel is looking with excitement to the future of rail innovation and digitalisation, continuing to push the boundaries of what is possible while maintaining the highest standards of safety and reliability.

The 3-year BURDI research project is co-funded by the European Union under the Connecting Europe Facility and supported by SESAR Joint Undertaking.

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