US UTM company Kittyhawk on 7 October announced the launch of its Air Control system dedicated to powering enterprise UAS operations at scale.
According to CEO Jon Hegranes:
“While our flagship applications that you can download for free on the app stores have grown to be the most widely used platform for everything from flight tracking to LAANC, we knew there was a new threshold that our enterprise customers need, and we set out to rebuild a new platform from the ground up with a singular focus on enterprise aviation use cases and the future of autonomy, compliance, and security. Air Control is what happens when you combine best in class compliance and fleet management with the leading suite of enterprise-driven UTM capabilities.
“Air Control builds on our hardware-agnostic approach to flight as you can now fly DJI and Parrot natively and securely in our custom flight experience, with more manufacturers and integrations in the works. Air Control adds new capabilities around autonomy with programmatic data capture and secure storage with new integrations for processing and analysis — from roof measurements to oil tank inspections.
“Air Control represents a shift in control and visibility to managers at mission control, with new role and permission management, workflow assignment, customized risk assessments, and enterprise LAANC capabilities for team applications and assignments. If you’re starting or currently managing a drone program, you’ve probably asked these questions… We know, because we’ve heard these over and over again across industries from insurance to energy, and from rail to utilities.
- How do I know if the RPIC completed her preflight checklist before flight?
- How do I know if the RPIC got her LAANC authorization before entering controlled airspace?
- How do I know if the operation meets our unique risk thresholds?
- How do I know if the assigned RPIC is current prior to the mission?
- How do I know if the RPIC enabled live streaming?
- How do I know if the RPIC is flying in a secure, approved application?
- How do I know if the RPIC is flying the latest version of the automated flight plan?
- How do I know if the flight plan is compliant per FAA and custom airspace rules?
- How do I know what pilots are in the air right now?
- How do I know if my UAS program is set up for long-term success — as measured by compliance, security, scale, and ROI?
“The team at Kittyhawk has been focused on building Air Control so that you can answer each of these questions with a few simple clicks. But we also know that a full slate of yes’s today is not the end game. You want a platform that’s built to evolve. We know that your use cases are only getting more complex. We know that your scale is only increasing. We know that your focus on security and privacy will continue to ratchet up.”
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