This March, INVOLI joined the Swiss U-Space, the first country-wide collaborative effort for safely and securely integrating drones into the airspace, which was initiated in 2017 by skyguide, the national air navigation services provider.
Known in the USA as “UTM” or “Unmanned Traffic Management”, the U-Space designates a set of services and procedures developed at European level to enable situational awareness, data exchange and digital communication for the European drone ecosystem. With millions of drones expected in the years to come, the U-Space services will power the ever-increasing drone ecosystem in Switzerland for advanced commercial applications. To name a few, these include drone delivery, large-scale
inspection of infrastructure and so on and usually require geo-awareness, tracking, and risk management
INVOLI will contribute to the U-Space its unique low altitude air traffic data for drones, data gathered through a network of in-house developed detection devices, deployed as a dense network covering the whole country. Nothing is added onto the drone as to not diminish its autonomy, the system is decentralized on the ground over existing infrastructure, such as Swisscom cell towers or the rooftops of Swiss Prime Site properties. The technology detects aircraft in real-time, especially the ones flying
low and at risk of hitting drones (including helicopters, aircraft, gliders etc.).
In partnership with Swisscom, the leading Swiss telecommunication and one of its leading IT providers, pilot deployments of the INVOLI system are currently being tested in Switzerland for flight awareness purposes, especially in the low altitudes.
INVOLI is continuing its deployment, which covers today an area of approximately 10,000 square km and the whole of Switzerland by 2020.
“Being a part of the Swiss U-Space is an important milestone for us, the result of hard work put into continuous technological developments, but it is also a reward for the dedication of the amazing team which INVOLI has today. We are at the same time humbled and proud to be part of the history of aviation being written today.” says Manu Lubrano, CEO and co-founder of INVOLI.
Founded by drone expert and former head of industrialization of senseFly, Manu Lubrano, along with Mélanie Guittet, project management and business development specialist, and Cristina Mihalachioiu, experienced business lawyer, INVOLI develops and produces air traffic awareness systems for professional drone applications.