Terra Drone Corporation, one of the world’s largest providers of industrial drone solutions, has successfully demonstrated to Taiwanese government officials an unmanned traffic management (UTM) system developed jointly with Unifly, a leading drone traffic management provider from Europe and a portfolio company of Terra Drone.
The test run of the UTM was conducted at Fukushima Robot Test Field in Japan in the presence of more than a dozen officials from Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of the Interior, Industrial Technology Research Institute, National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, and Taiwan Association of Information and Communication Standards. Several leading private companies, such as Drone Dynamics and C-Link Technology, were also a part of the delegation.
The demonstration showcased how real-time tracking and controlling of multiple drones could help to bridge the gap between manned and unmanned airspace and ensure safe drone operations for all. A brief outline of the demonstration is illustrated in the image below:
As industrial drone solutions gather steam in the Asia-Pacific region, many countries are quickly realizing the importance of having a robust UTM system in place. Taiwan also understands that poorly-handled drone operations can lead to severe economic losses. In December 2018, drone intrusions caused hundreds of flight cancellations at the United Kingdom’s Gatwick Airport, while a drone loaded with explosives led to a fire in Saudi Arabia’s national oil facility last month.
Yosuke Kaneko, Head of UTM at Terra Drone, said, “The Taiwanese government realizes how important UTM is for safe and efficient drone operations, and is exploring the possibility of deploying our UTM system in the country. In the future, no country will allow drone operations without knowing who is flying the drone and where.”