Latest detect and avoid solution from Iris Automation provides BVLOS operations with 360 degree radial field of view

Iris Automation has launched an on-board Detect And Avoid (DAA) solution with a 360-degree radial field of view to enable commercial Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The Casia 360 system detects other aircraft in all directions, uses computer-vision algorithms to classify them, makes intelligent decisions about the threat they may pose to the drone, then triggers an alert to the pilot in command. It allows UAS to see and react to the aviation around them, and supports automated manoeuvres to safely avoid collisions.

According to the press release issued by Iris Automation: Casia is a combination of both hardware and software that is lightweight, low power and small in size. The low SWaP system is composed of two on-board controllers and five long-range optical cameras providing a 360-degree field of view. The software is packaged in a self-contained embedded supercomputer that works with the machine vision cameras on-board.

The company’s Casia technology has been tested in test flights and mid-air collision scenarios flying various manned aircraft against UAS, over 12,000 real-world encounters and more than 50,000 encounters in simulation. It is used by customers across 12 countries and holds BVLOS approvals from regulators in the US, South Africa, and Canada. Iris Automation is working directly with regulators to make commercial drones more accessible, and offers customers regulatory support for US Part 107 waiver writing and regulatory approval processes to secure the necessary permissions for their unique UAS operations.

Iris Automation CEO Alexander Harmsen. “We developed this technology based on feedback from our customers and regulatory bodies around the world. It enables drones to be used for an even greater range of long-distance use cases and saves money, increases safety and unlocks applications across multiple industries: railway, energy sector, utility powerline inspections, package delivery, and life-saving search and rescue operations.”

Casia 360 is available for commercial sales pre-order now. The initial limited launch of the 360 system has sold out and the system is currently on back-order.

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