The drone industry is at a crossroads. The technology is moving rapidly from the realm of blue sky thinking to the sky above our heads, but managing this transition safely without stifling innovation is proving challenging.At present there is no system to manage the widespread use of drones, or Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), in low-altitude airspace below 150m (500ft) where most commercial applications are expected to play out. Traditional air traffic management (ATM) approaches aren’t feasible because they rely on constant communication with human pilots and radar detection, which struggles with small drones.This has led to calls for UAS Traffic Management (UTM) solutions to deal with the safety, security and privacy issues entailed by the predicted explosion in airspace users. The term was coined by NASA, which has taken an undeniable lead in the field by creating a UTM research consortium of government agencies and major tech companies. But the idea is loosely defined and there is considerably uncertainty on what a fully-fledged UTM system would look like.
Here are the organizations that joined us this month. A warm welcome to:
|Germany||Colibrex develops a drone information and drone traffic management database and app for enhanced safety and regulation, including solutions for management of No-fly and Limited-fly zones, and solutions for geo-fencing and drone tracking.||Colibrex.com|
|Japan||JUTM was launched in August 2016 with founding members from various industry for discussing and developing environment and technology necessary for safe operation and realization of social unmanned not limited to aerial but also ocean and ground vehicles. As of February 2017, we have members of about 80 companies and government agencies.||JUTM.org
|Australia||NQ UAV provides a complete service for any company, research body or government organisation wishing to utilise UAV’s: necessary project management, approvals, pilots, craft and data processing for either simple or complex UAV applications.||nquav.com.au|
Two of our members will be on stage on March 8 2017 at the World ATM Congress on the: Airspace and UTM: Driving the Future or Left Behind? session. Craig Marcinkowski, Director, Strategy & Business Development, Gryphon Sensors as well as Marc Kegelaers, Chief Executive Officer, Unifly NV will share their views on this important topic. The panel will be moderated by a representative of another of our Full Member: David Harrison, Safety Director at NATS.
As board member of the Global UTM Association, Marc Kegelaers will make himself available for meetings with companies interested to learn more about our current initiatives. Please fill in the form below to book a meeting with him. As you can imagine, Marc will be very busy over the span of the event. Requests will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
We are proud to welcome a new batch of outstanding organizations with a wide range of expertise as members!
|Germany||Dedrone provides an automatic, integrated and self-contained drone detection, identification and counter-measures platform to defeat drone threats and their operators 24/7.||dedrone.com|
|Switzerland||The Drone Alliance Europe represents commercial operators of drones and those that provide, or wish to provide, services to them.||dronealliance.eu
|USA||Kittyhawk serves an elite community of tens of thousands of commercial drone pilots to assist in their pre-flight, in-flight, and post-flight operations.||kittyhawk.io|
|Spain||The Madrid Aerospace Cluster contributes to the development of the aerospace sector in the Madrid region. The cluster has a UTM Working Group of UTM and actively develops proposals for new regulation proceedings at Spanish and European level.||madridaerospace.es|
|Japan||NTT DATA Corporation is a Japanese system integration company and a subsidiary of the renowned Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) group.||nttdata.com|
We are pleased to announce our first annual conference in Montreal on June 26 2017. The event will provide you with an overview of the latest developments in the field of UTM worldwide as well as with an in-depth dive into our main topics for 2017: UTM architecture, data exchange and registration. You can register you interest here. We will send you an update as soon as the early bird tickets are on sale.
The association will also be present at the Global Robot Expo in Madrid, February 2-4 2017, with our president, Jonathan Evans, as keynote speaker. Fill in this form if you would like to meet him there.
The Overall UTM Architecture working group is putting the finishing touches to its first document, which should be publicly available in early March. We are also exploring how to contribute to data exchange within the framework of an open source effort. Last, but not least, we are working on an overview of registration efforts worldwide with the aim of fostering interoperable solutions.
If you have any questions or if you are interested in joining us, please contact our Secretary General, Benoit Curdy, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we keep adding great companies to our membership, we have reached the point where it becomes hard to follow who is joining by just looking at the membership list. From now on, we will therefore introduce our latest members to you.
Please welcome Full Members who joined in January 2017:
|USA||Harris is a proven leader in tactical communications, geospatial systems and services, air traffic management, environmental solutions, avionics and electronic warfare, and space and intelligence.|
Harris provides integration services, display systems and surveillance sensors for such BVLOS infrastructure, ensuring safe UAS integration into the National Airspace System (NAS).
|Italy||The Octo Drone Box is the first electronic device in Italy that can monitor and provide security to drones. The box was made from many years of experience in the insurance and automotive Octo world and uses the Kernel Module processor OctoTelematics, patented and natively integrated within the Octo Drone Box.|
Octo has more than 4.4 million connected users and the world's largest database of telematics data, with over 127 billion miles of driving on the data collected and analyzed 340,000 accidents.
|Switzerland||SkySoft-ATM’s corporate mission is to rethink the design and the implementation of ATM systems using a new innovative approach.|
SkySoft-ATM has been developing and implementing ATM solution since 2001. As such they are naturally involved in projects related to the integration of UAV in the airspace.
Executives who have been part of global efforts know that international associations often struggle to reach the level of efficiency and speed required to achieve success. Consequently, when I present about the Global UTM Association, I am often asked for more details regarding how exactly it is managed. My answer is simple: we are a remote-first organization.
What this means is that we spend the bulk of our administrative resources on building and maintaining a professionally-managed remote collaboration infrastructure. In fact, this was our only choice, as the association has spanned over fifteen countries and seven time zones since day one.
Lausanne, Switzerland – July 28, 2016 – The newly founded Global UTM Association has elected its first board of directors. The board is composed of nine members: Jonathan Evans (Skyward) as president, Christian Struwe (DJI) as vice president, Lorenzo Murzili (Swiss FOCA) as treasurer, Sebastian Babiarz (Nokia), Marc Kegelaers (Unifly), Hao Liu (BUAA), Yannick Lévy (Parrot), Gontran Reboud (ViaSat), and Mark Watson (NATS).
The goal of the association is to identify actions to be taken to safely, securely, and efficiently integrate Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, also known as drones) into airspace systems. Its working groups will draft and distribute interoperability blueprints for UAS Traffic Management (UTM).
This is the introduction to an article written by Francis Schubert, chief corporate development and deputy CEO at skyguide, in May 2016. The paper expresses the personal views of the author and does not necessarily reflect the position of his employer or national authorities. The full document is available here.
The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) sector is evolving quickly. The number of devices, commonly known as “drones”, produced and launched annually is expanding widely, and new applications are constantly being developed. Although it is to be expected that not all such applications will be successful from a business perspective, it is undisputable that these new entrants will have a major effect on the air transportation system.
It is becoming apparent that because of the numbers and the diversity of applications involved, some sort of infrastructure will be required to support the safe operation of drones in those parts of the airspace that are opening to UAS operations. That future infrastructure is coming to be known as UAS Traffic Management (UTM), based on the model under development by NASA.