Commercial drone service specialist Terra Drone has expanded its international business model with the introduction of an unmanned traffic management (UTM) system in South Korea.
One of Japan’s leading commercial UAV software providers has commercialised a UTM system for the first time in South Korea by collaborating with LG U+, a domestic cellular carrier owned by LG Corporation.
Earlier this month, LG U+ CEO, Kwon Young-Soo, announced that LG U+ had launched the U+ Smart Drone UTM System to enable safe drone flight during disaster monitoring and transportation projects beyond visual line of sight and at night.
The LG U+ Smart Drone UTM System enables drone operators to control drones at one hundred kilometres away wherever the network is connected. Unlike the traditional way, which manually operates drones, just by entering the destination, the entire process from take-off of the drone to its return can be conducted autonomously.
LG U + is one of South Korea’s three major telecommunication companies and has made a full-scale entry into the commercial drone business to lead the 5G era.
“There are no other solutions than a drone to scan a wide area like Uwawa-Kyo Park in such a short time, which is about 20 times [the size] of a football stadium. We believe that the use of the UTM system will greatly contribute to society,” said LG U+ director of operations, Kwon Yeon Hoon.
It is also possible for multiple people to monitor a drone at the same time or one can make a flight plan for multiple drones, which applies to various industrial fields as an efficient drone control system.
As one of the features of the U + Smart Drone UTM System, drones autonomously stop flying when they recognises other drones, aircraft, and birds. In an emergency, drones utilize the parachute equipped to land in a safe area.