AirMap and Honeywell developing UAS tracking platform

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To provide airspace safety authorities with situational awareness of both unmanned and manned aircraft operations within an airspace system, AirMap and Honeywell have announced the development of a cost-effective UAS tracking platform.

The companies say that they will collaborate on the development of a cost-effective hardware device that allows UAS to maintain consistent communication with a UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system.

The UAS tracking platform will support several communication options, including 4G and satellite in areas without 4G coverage, to facilitate the broadcast of real-time drone telemetry feeds to a UTM system.

According to AirMap and Honeywell, the AirMap UTM Platform ingests telemetry feeds from different hardware- and software-based technologies for visualization, monitoring, and deconfliction by air navigation service providers (ANSP) and other relevant authorities.

“The AirMap UTM Platform is designed to provide a real-time operating picture of the airspace for both manned and unmanned aircraft,” says Ben Marcus, AirMap chairman and co-founder.

“We’ve partnered with Honeywell to deliver an easy-to-use, cost-effective, and drone-agnostic device as a practical way to start managing drone traffic in any environment, today.”

An investor in AirMap, Honeywell uses AirMap’s application programming interfaces (API) for industrial customers in operations such as inspecting power lines and downstream oil and gas equipment.