Department 13 supplies its Blackbird security drones to another critical infrastructure entity in Australia

Drone detection and de-confliction company Department 13 reports the start of work with another national critical infrastructure organisation in Australia, to enable the safe and controlled use of autonomous drone capabilities. According to a Department 13 press release, the company is integrating its drone technology into the site’s current operations to improve safety and security.

Department 13 is deploying Nightingale Security Blackbird drones at the site to provide self-sufficient aerial capability. The technology can be deployed anywhere in Australia and be operated by Department 13’s in-house 24/7 Remote Operations Centre (ROC) based in Canberra.

Department 13 will help plan and manage all mandatory compliance work required by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations at the site. To ensure complete due diligence, Department 13 will conduct comprehensive assessments of ground and air risks pertinent to the site’s operation areas, and de-conflict surrounding airspaces by engaging with nearby stakeholders and take into consideration any of their current air management arrangements. Custom operating procedures will be produced, and workshops held with the end users and CASA to ensure safety and compliance requirements are clearly aligned and achieved.

Department 13 CEO Lee Croft said: “This is an incredibly exciting application of our technology. Not only are we advancing the clients unique security and safety requirements to strategically protect the sites critical infrastructure, people, and IP – we’re developing new ways for the drones to also assist the organisation on a broader level with integral autonomous duties and data collection that can scheduled to occur as they please. It’s making the drones multi-task and be incredibly effective and efficient in their roles and responsibilities at the site. In turn it’s allowing the boots on the ground to refocus their time and efforts to more important matters.”

Department 13 has a series of critical national infrastructure organisations projects rolling out in 2022.

(Image: Department 13 Nightingale Security Blackbird drone)

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