Fortem Technologies has been granted approval to aid in the delivery of medical supplies by drone in North Carolina.
The Utah-based company has completed the first phase of the US Department of Transportation’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program (UAS IPP) in North Carolina.
As part of the program, Fortem is conducting tests to monitor the airspace around WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh, tracking manned flights alongside the UPS Delivery Corridor, delivering medical test samples safely and quickly via unmanned drones.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Division of Aviation partners, including WakeMed Hospital, are testing drone operations that will soon go beyond a pilot’s visual line of sight (BVLOS), to provide efficient and safe drone operations with the goal of improving healthcare access for North Carolinians.
Fortem Technologies will continue to provide situational awareness of potential collisions with manned aircraft, using its TrueView radar system.
Fortem CTO Adam Robertson said: “By monitoring the airspace and creating a service that ensures the safe use of unmanned air vehicles, we will expand from these initial drone deliveries to greater geographical reach and more sophisticated roles for unmanned drones.
“With Fortem’s ability to offer real time data and analysis of airborne threats, we can start to see additional support for things like search and rescue operations, first responders, and increased shipments of critical supplies to remote locations. None of this can happen without the trust that our systems are effective and safe.”