In Canada, UTM is sometimes referred to as RTM, Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Traffic Management. Whatever you call it, it’s a complex system of technologies working together, and can be difficult to visualize. At flight demonstration activities as part of the Energy UTM Trials, supervised by Transport Canada and NAV Canada, AirMarket, and IT provider TELUS Corp. demonstrated the SKYLINK business solution at an energy site – and the resulting video shows how the pieces can come together.
“The SKYLINK Business Solution is an integrated framework including UTM, drones-optimized cellular connectivity and application back-end servers hosting environment, Computer Vision and an operational concept, that allows for the use of multiple drones to efficiently conduct infrastructure surveillance in the national airspace as illustrated in this video,” says a press release.
“Mobility services provide the foundation for enterprise drone use at scale” said Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO at TELUS “This is part of the growing demand for connectivity.”
Customized mobility services established by TELUS have been integrated with UTM and are being prepared for national deployment. The event demonstrated how connected drones will provide advanced business solutions through the use of Computer Vision on-board the drone and in the edge cloud. This real-world demonstration showcased the combination of technologies and operations that will provide automated infrastructure surveillance as part of EUT flight operations.
“Our focus is on real-world applications for the connected drone” said Lindsay Mohr, CEO of AirMarket. “This demo confirms our core capabilities, the business solution use case, and the value of enterprise level UTM services.”