German Uncrewed Traffic Management (UTM) company Droniq has partnered with ADAC Luftrettung and rescuetrack to build a digital platform to make rescue flights visible.
The platform is based on Droniq’s traffic management system, or UTM. The UTM shows active rescue missions in real time, including the planned route section. The information needed for this will be provided by rescuetrack. This company, based in Reutlingen, Germany, is the industry leader in integrated solutions for rescue, police and fire services. The main functions provided by rescuetrack include the vehicle hardware for the exchange of mission data, status transmission, surveillance, navigation and connection of third-party applications. The services are used daily by more than 2,000 customers delivered through a software-as-a- service model.
Drone pilots whose drones are in the planned route section will be alerted in good time via the Droniq UTM. This will enable them to take prompt evasive action, or make an intermediate landing. In parallel, virtual safety corridors will be established in the UTM along the planned route of the rescue helicopters and displayed to users. These users can take the planned rescue route into account when planning and conducting their flights. In addition, the information on drone traffic can be passed on to rescuetrack via the UTM and thus be made available to rescue units as required.
Dr Philip Edelmann, Pilot and Flight Operations Executive at ADAC Luftrettung, one of Europe’s largest helicopter emergency medical services operators, said: “We experience time and again that private, commercial and government drones unintentionally get too close to our rescue helicopters.” “All the more reason for us to be excited about solving this problem thanks to this platform.”
Arndt Schoenemann, CEO of DFS, the German air navigation service provider, said: “This project further strengthens the position of the DFS subsidiary Droniq as a leading specialist in the use of drones by governmental organisations. The platform also delivers a missing building block for Droniq as regards visibility. In the future, this platform will make all air traffic users operating in very low-level airspace truly visible.”
The beginning of October saw the start of development of the digital rescue flight platform. Completion is scheduled for spring 2024.
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