Finland signs agreement with Astra UTM for drone traffic situational awareness services

Fintraffic Air Navigation Services (ANS) has selected Astra UTM to implement initial Unmanned Air Traffic Management (UTM) centric services in Finland. Astra UTM will deliver the situational awareness and briefing facility systems for Fintraffic ANS’s digital business platform which is a collaborative initiative under traffic management company Fintraffic Ltd.

The situational awareness module will allow for real-time map based status of the use of airspace for all airspace users. Additionally, users will be able to access usage history and planned airspace activity in the future.  The briefing facility service will aim for a better user experience by taking advantage of the situational awareness and new services such as a flight plan acknowledgment and reminder service for the pilot, a storage and retrieval service for previous flight plans, and various equipment registries. These functions will be there to serve both manned and unmanned air traffic.

Deployment work will begin as early as January and the goal is to make the functionality operational during the spring.

According to Pasi Nikama Senior Vice President, CMO & CCO of Fintraffic ANS “Advanced new digital services will contribute to the growth of the traffic ecosystems and will support new business to serve current and future market trends in the transportation sector in Finland. A defined set of federated services and associated functions will enable and support safe and efficient multiple simultaneous traffic operations – first focusing on manned air traffic, followed by unmanned air traffic and sea and land.”

According to Ayhan Kamil, Chief Commercial Officer of Astra UTM “ The Situational Awareness and Briefing Facility systems, will not only cater to unmanned activities, but also for VFR flight planning and manned aviation services, making this project truly unique and a showcase of how ATM and UTM will eventually come together.”

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