Altitude Angel has been praised by event organisers for its ‘outstanding contribution to furthering commercial drone use in Africa and beyond.’
Having taken place through early February 2020 on the shores of Lake Kivu, Rwanda, the 2020 African Drone Forum comprised a symposium, expo, business plan competition and a series of automated drone flying competitions.
They were designed to showcase how emerging technology can improve the lives of people in hard-to-reach rural communities.
Altitude Angel, as the lead and ‘umbrella’ UTM Service Provider (SP) for the African Drone Forum and Lake Kivu Challenge 2020, provided the FIMS (Flight Information Management System).
During the Challenge, all other UTM SPs, UAS manufactures and developers, including Involi and uAvionix with their tracking technology, interfaced with Altitude Angel’s UTM system ensuring all operations were monitored and tracked for regional ATC, safely integrating flights into local airspace.
On Altitude Angel’s contribution to the Forum and Challenge, Jonty Slater the competition manger for the Lake Kivu Challenge, said: “We owe Altitude Angel a sincere debt of thanks for its outstanding contribution to the the African Drone Forum and Lake Kivu Challenge 2020.
“The positive repercussions [of the Forum and Challenge] will be the furthering of routine commercial BVLOS drone flights in Africa and beyond.”
He continued: “Altitude Angel’s involvement, both technically through the deployment of GuardianUTM and their willingness to share knowledge and experiences in the open forums and presentations, will not only reassure those already deploying drones across the continent they are on the right course, but will have undoubtedly inspired others to invest and adopt in these revolutionary and innovative technologies.”
The African Drone Forum and Lake Kivu Challenge 2020 was a multi-stakeholder initiative supported by the World Bank, UK Department for International Development (DFID)/UK Aid, World Economic Forum, World Food Programme, UNICEF and other partners in collaboration with the Government of Rwanda.