Unifly has presented its e-identification and tracking solution for drones.
Introducing the solution at the World ATM Congress in Madrid, Unifly described how the device works completely independently.
It is ready to use once attached to a drone and has its own power source and sensors for position, altitude, temperature, pressure, speed and direction.
Koen Meuleman, co-founder of Unifly explained: “Drones are becoming more and more a part of our daily lives. When a drone is observed, it is important to understand the pilot’s intentions, where it took off and who is controlling it. Both E-Identification and tracking provide this information.”
He added: “Airborne equipment needs to be lightweight, robust, and able to withstand widely varying climatological conditions ranging from cold and heavy rainfall to blistering sunshine. This is why Unifly has developed a drone tracking and e-Identification product: the Unifly BLIP (broadcast location & identity platform). BLIP is tailored to the specific needs of UTM service providers and local authorities.”
From the moment BLIP senses vertical movement, it automatically starts sending tracking data over the LTE wireless broadband network to the UTM backbone.
Additionally, BLIP broadcasts the drone’s e-identification, 3D location and take-off position over Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).
The information can be accessed in real-time by relevant authorities through secured applications and therefore allows for example, a police patrol to read out all details of drones flying within a distance of up to 200 metres of the patrol’s position.
In combination with the Unifly UTM platform, the firm hopes BLIP can provide a complete solution for authorities and ANSPs to identify and track drone traffic in their area of responsibility, independent of the systems used by the drone operators.