RelmaTech says it is set to revolutionize the way drones and manned light aircraft can be identified and tracked in the airspace.
The company’s co-founder and CEO, Philip Hall said: “While ADS-B is a well-established technology for the identification and tracking of manned aircraft, it has several severe limitations.”
Adding: “Not only does it rely on an extensive ground network of receivers, but it is vulnerable to spoofing. In addition, adding low level UAS operations into the existing ADS-B network would almost certainly saturate the network and thus create an enormous headache for Air Traffic Controllers.”
RelmaTech’s Secure Integrated Airspace Management (SIAM) system provides a unique and innovative solution.
Enabled by a small light weight, low power, low cost module that can be easily installed on all types of unmanned and manned aircraft, SIAM provides both network and broadcast remote identification and tracking capabilities.
SIAM operates primarily over the cellular network but is also designed to support multiple communication options when cellular is not available.
Hall went on: “The onboard SIAM module employs proven technologies and concepts used in online and mobile communications and information management to securely transmit encrypted aircraft and flight data from the operating aircraft over the operative network to the SIAM cloud-based web portal.”
The onboard SIAM module essentially acts as a digital substitute for an ADS-B transmitter and the SIAM cloud-based system negates the need for an extensive ground-based receiver network while enabling an effective alternate means of providing situational awareness in the shared airspace.”
RelmaTech’s SIAM system has been supporting commercial UAS flight operations since mid-2016. All UAS flown in the recent NASA UTM TCL4 flight trials in Reno, Nevada were fitted with a SIAM module that successfully provided continuous real-time UAS remote ID and tracking information simultaneously over the cellular network and by WiFi direct broadcast.