PrecisionHawk selected Sierra Wireless embedded modules to enable global Long Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity for its Low Altitude Traffic and Airspace Safety (LATAS) platform, which enables safe drone operation on a broad scale.CCW 2017 Expected to Draw 3,000 Mission-Critical Professionals
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The LATAS platform links drones, three-dimensional (3D) ground data and live manned aircraft data from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and global authorities into a single system that tells commercial or hobbyist drone operators when and where it’s safe to fly. Sierra Wireless modules are installed in drones operating in Australia and New Zealand, providing critical real-time connectivity to locate drones and pinpoint their positions at all times, and send notifications to users about in-flight hazards, such as nearby aircraft and airspace restrictions.
“As tens of thousands of new operators join the drone space around the world, our goal is to provide an easy-to-use and reliable safety tool that gives drone operators a complete picture of their surroundings and how those surroundings are changing in real time,” said Tyler Collins, vice president of airspace at PrecisionHawk. “This wouldn’t be possible without the cutting edge innovation in cellular connectivity that Sierra Wireless provides.”
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