As part of one of the two teams selected to perform Canada’s RTM* (RPAS Traffic Management) Trials, INVOLI, leading surveillance solutions provider, and team-leader AirMarket, regulatory technology solution provider for unmanned aviation, capitalize on such success and announce strategic partnership to bring the trials collaboration to the market. The trials aim at generating data and experience that would be used by Transport Canada to develop regulations for BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) drone operations and the delivery of commercial cellular-enabled UTM* services.
The team, led by AirMarket and including partners such as world-renowned telecommunication company TELUS, was selected by Canada’s RTM Action Team co- chaired by Transport Canada and NAV CANADA, to execute official service trials. Starting in a 425 km corridor in Northern Alberta, the partners will be conducting Cellular-enabled UTM and Sensing Data Services in conjunction with Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada (PTAC) and one of North America's leading energy infrastructure companies.
INVOLI contributes to the trials with its unique surveillance system, by deploying a network of receivers onto existing cellular TELUS infrastructure, capitalising on its experience in
Switzerland with national telecommunication company. The network will gather data on cooperative air traffic enabling the team to benefit from comprehensive air traffic awareness (including at low altitude) and in general from an increased level of safety of operations. It is in this context that the first bricks of the partnership between INVOLI and AirMarket were laid, the two companies seizing the opportunity given by the success and technical integration within the trials to further their collaboration to the market.
“We are excited for this strategic partnership, which will allow both our companies to offer integrated services to the drone market, in Canada and beyond” stated Lindsay Mohr, CEO of AirMarket. He added *UTM is Unmanned Traffic Management. The Government of Canada uses the term RTM, or RPAS Traffic Management. RPAS stands for Remotely Piloted Aerial System. that “INVOLI’s technology is rather unique, as is its team, and we look forward to operationalizing this airspace surveillance framework in rural environment to start with”.
One of the main goals of the partnership is to offer common, scalable solutions to the UAV industry, by building upon the experience of both INVOLI and AirMarket to generate innovative technologies, particularly within the telecommunications’ framework, and by bringing the lessons learnt during the trials to the entire industry.