AirMarket Inc. of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (AirMarket) and TELUS Corp. (TELUS) did a live demonstration of the SKYLINK business solution at an operational TC Energy site. 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.
“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.”
These flight demonstration activities were conducted in coordination with the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada (PTAC) and TC Energy as part of planned activities within the Energy UTM Trials (EUT). These trials are supervised by Transport Canada and NAV Canada, and are providing data for use in the regulatory development of UTM and Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone operations.
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.”
Its strategic partners in the Energy UTM Trials (EUT) were key to this successful demonstration. They are TELUS Corp., ASTRA UTM, the Petroleum Technology Association Canada, TC Energy, DroneLogbook, and ClearSky Connect.
AirMarket is an international expert in the areas of UTM and of the connectivity required for BVLOS operations at scale, both technically and from a regulatory point of view. It has developed the SKYLINK UTM architecture. AirMarket also has specific expertise in the telecommunications and natural resource sectors.
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