Huawei and Unifly join forces to identify and track drone flights


Two specialists within the advanced technology sector have teamed up to provide a drone solution designed to identify and track flights.

Huawei Technologies and Unifly have signed a deal to cooperate in the field of unmanned traffic management (UTM) systems. The agreement covers both research and development, and a joint market approach to drone management.

Huawei has developed technology to identify and locate drone users based on the operator’s SIM card. Huawei’s technology combined with Unifly’s unmanned traffic management (UTM) platform enables Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) to integrate drones into the airspace safely and securely.

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Unifly’s platform also includes key digital technologies for flight planning, airspace management, live tracking and dynamic situational awareness.

The global market for UAS is growing rapidly as drones become established in diverse vertical markets such as agriculture, oil and gas, and logistics. According to SPO Lab, a business research organisation inside Huawei, the global UAS market opportunity is estimated to exceed $100 billion (£742 billion) over the next five years.

As the technology becomes more prominent within urbanised areas, a key concern for the Civil Aviation Authority and ANSPs is how this disruptive technology can be permitted to flourish within a managed environment.

“4.5G and 5G technology play a key role in the registration and identification of drones and drone users as well as the tracking of drones in the airspace; essential services in a UTM architecture. We are delighted to collaborate with Unifly to address the challenges of mass market connected drone deployment,” said Peter Zhou, chief marketing officer of Huawei Wireless Networks

Marc Kegelaers, CEO of Unifly, added: “Now both parties have agreed to join forces to create a comprehensive, end-to-end solution for the UTM market, I am convinced we will see the next step in drone integration into the general airspace very soon.”

Tags : ANSPsCivil Aviation AuthorityHuaweiMarc KegelaersPeter Zhouunifly
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