Swiss UTM company INVOLI has joined the Swiss U-Space network, a nationwide collaborative programme for safely and securely integrating drones into the national airspace system launched in 2017 by skyguide, Switzerland’s air navigation services provider.
INVOLI will contribute its low altitude drone air traffic data management systems, gathering data through a network of in-house developed detection devices deployed throughout the country.
The non-cooperating surveillance system does not require fitting sensors to the drone or aircraft and relies on a decentralized network of ground-based detection devices housed in existing infrastructure, such as Swisscom cell towers or the rooftops of Swiss Prime Site properties. The technology detects aircraft in real-time, especially low-flying platforms – including helicopters, aircraft, gliders etc – which risk colliding with drones.
In partnership with Swisscom, the Swiss telecommunications company, pilot deployments of the INVOLI system are currently being tested in Switzerland for flight awareness purposes, especially in the low altitudes. The network – currently covering an area of around 10,000 square km – will be deployed throughout Switzerland by 2020.
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