DroneUp and Iris Automation partner to provide airspace awareness for BVLOS deliveries

Drone delivery platform DroneUp announced a partnership with Iris Automation, developer of AI-based vision technology for crewed and uncrewed aircraft to prevent airborne collisions. DroneUp will employ Iris Automation’s Casia G Technology for BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) operation, among additional sensors, to ensure safe deliveries while it expands its footprint for drone delivery in the US.

DroneUp will rely on Casia G’s AI and computer vision technology to detect aircraft as they approach its flight operations. To protect DroneUp airspace and ensure safe flight operations, Casia G features an optical, full 360° field of regard aircraft detection, classification, and alerting system. To help it scale to new communities and users, DroneUp will utilize numerous Casia G nodes to form a network covering large areas, This will provide situational awareness and time to move UAS to safe zones, away from detected aircraft, says the press release.

Through nodes co-located at DroneUp’s launch and recovery points, and distributed throughout its delivery areas, Casia G will act like a cellular tower-type service providing DroneUp with visibility of its airspace. If an object flies into DroneUp’s operating area, an alert will be sent and relevant data provided to the DroneUp flight team triggering an appropriate response and the avoidance of a potential collision.

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