New UTM System Developed for Airports

By Mike Ball / 28 Mar 2021
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Altitude Angel GuardianUTM Enterprise

Altitude Angel is launching a next-generation unmanned traffic management (UTM) solution that has been designed to support regional and local airports and airfields. GuardianUTM Enterprise, which is being launched ahead of the forthcoming EASA U-Space regulations, will enable airspace authorities to digitise approvals for drone operations using services integrated with CIS (Common Information Service) and USSP (U-Space Service Providers) architectures.

GuardianUTM Enterprise allows airports can easily set access policies and create automation workflows that can be accessed via Altitude Angel’s UTM ecosystem and used by hundreds of thousands of drone pilots, manufacturers and software companies. Deployment of this system will provide airports with the best possible view of the surrounding airspace and nearby drone operations, ensuring a growing sector of the aviation market is able to access the new airport UTM Service.

For larger airports with counter-UAS solutions, GuardianUTM Enterprise also optionally allows data from on-site surveillance systems to be integrated to give airport security staff greater situational intelligence – a critical step in expanding the use of drones in civil airspace and unlocking a wide variety of unique use-cases for unmanned aircraft. The solution can be rapidly deployed and configured for airports of any size, providing a flexible platform for the safe integration of drones into the airspace around these facilities.

Simon Wynn Mackenzie, VP Products at Altitude Angel, commented: “The solution we’ve created can be introduced easily and gives users instant visibility over the sky they manage and an interface which can be exposed to the drone industry. Plus, those wishing to utilise drone services will have a mechanism to see which airports are ‘UTM Ready’. With an easy-to-use operational interface for airport operators which requires minimal training and no additional on-site hardware to be deployed – but with the option at larger airports to integrate with existing electronic flight management systems, the intuitive ‘top-down view’ allows airspace managers to clearly distinguish authorised and unauthorised drones in real-time and take appropriate action.”

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact