In a significant stride towards enhancing the safety and efficiency of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operations, Iris Automation and uAvionix have unveiled a strategic partnership aimed at revolutionizing Command and Control (C2) and Detect and Avoid (DAA) services for the aerial mobility industry. The collaboration will feature Iris Automation’s ground-based collision avoidance data, the Casia G, integrated into uAvionix’s SkyLine services, delivering unparalleled airspace awareness and connectivity for small UAS.

One of the critical challenges in the skies today lies in distinguishing between cooperative aircraft, which share their positional data through technologies like ADS-B, and non-cooperative aircraft that do not. uAvionix has emerged as a leader in cooperative aircraft detection, leveraging ADS-B IN solutions for UAS. Now, with the added capabilities of Iris Automation’s Casia G, operators will have a holistic solution for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations.

The Casia G system, powered by advanced computer vision and artificial intelligence, swiftly detects and classifies intruder aircraft, offering vital response time to ensure safety. This ground-based variant provides expansive coverage, ensuring scalable coverage through strategically deployed nodes. By fusing the data produced by Casia G with ADS-B data from uAvionix, operators will enjoy comprehensive situational awareness, going beyond what single-sensor-based systems can provide.

Christian Ramsey, Managing Director of uAvionix uncrewed Systems, characterized the partnership, stating “Integration of the Iris’ Casia G data is another step toward enabling scalable and achievable Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flights for UAS operators.” With this combined solution, operators can confidently navigate the complexities of low-altitude airspace, mitigating the risk of incidents and near-mid-air collisions.

Jon Damush, CEO of Iris Automation, expressed excitement about the collaboration, noting that “operators will now have a turn-key solution for their BVLOS operations.” The partnership is actively progressing towards integrating Casia G data into the SkyLine service through field tests and operational scenarios. The resulting advanced airspace awareness and command and control capabilities are expected to become available to UAS operators later this year.

Why it’s important: As the aerial mobility industry continues to evolve, safety and efficiency remain paramount. The alliance between Iris Automation and uAvionix is poised to contribute significantly to the sector’s growth by providing operators with the tools they need to navigate the skies with confidence and reliability. It’s a pivotal step towards a future where aerial mobility is not just a dream but a safe and accessible reality.

Posted by Naish Gaubatz