Fortem Technologies, a AI-enabled airspace awareness and intelligence firm, has released its consumer survey findings which characterise public opinion of future commercial drone technology.
Fortem identified that, while drones in public safety use-cases were consumers’ most favourable option, the vast majority of surveyed participants are still sceptical about the technology.
The organisation’s CEO, Timothy Bean, said: “Our consumer survey results show that over a third of respondents rank public safety (search and rescue, surveillance to help law enforcement, etc.) as the area of drone application they want to see most.
“Somewhat counter to that, 96% of consumers surveyed still have concerns about the use of drones. This discrepancy points to the need for technologies to ensure drone safety and security. Here at Fortem, we are dedicated to providing that safety and security that can assuage consumers’ worries and better prepare society for the drone-enabled world of tomorrow.
“A drone-filled world will advance society in areas such as life-saving delivery services, protection and surveillance, search and rescue and more; but it is crucial that safety and security measures are taken from the beginning to ensure these benefits can be realised.”
Fortem Technologies, which recently raised a $15m (£11m) Series A investment with participation from Boeing, offers accurate and cost-effective military-tested radar technology to enable safe BVLoS drone flights and help detect, classify and secure no fly zones against careless, clueless or criminal UAVs.
Following predictions that the global airspace could host four times the current level of UAV operations by 2022, Bean, told Commercial Drone Professional he believes that the key to ensuring safety for BVLoS operations is a radar system on the drones or on the ground to actively manage the airspace.
“You have heard the comment, ‘flying below the radar,’ well Fortem solves that problem so drones are detected to enable a safe and secure airspace,” he said.
Fortem’s TrueView Radar, which is currently available worldwide, includes AI-enabled detection and classification to provide a complete view of local airspace and is not restricted by ITAR regulations.