MVT innovates in BVLOS flight operations with drones
MVT GEO-SOLUTIONS, in partnership with Iris Automation, has been granted the first Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) by TransportCanada using onboard Detect-and-Avoid (DAA). The approval was granted based on the utilization of Iris Automation’s DAA system, called Casia, which provides commercial drones with automated collision avoidance maneuvers.
The waiver permits flights within the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence’s (CED) controlled airspace Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) test range in Alma, Quebec. This is the first BVLOS flight at the CED that leverages only onboard DAA for air risk mitigation. This is a significant step towards unlocking autonomous drone use for numerous economically beneficial commercial applications such as : energy sector and infrastructure inspection, mining, mapping, agriculture, emergency response, and eventually package delivery.
“The CED is looking forward to leveraging Iris Automation’s industry-leading DAA system and existing flight expertise within our network to conduct BVLOS flights with MVT GEO-SOLUTIONS,” said William DeKeiser, Director of the cluster of excellence. “We will continue to develop our partnership with Iris Automation to provide better training to local operators and enable BVLOS commercial services in Canada."
"We are particularly proud of our contribution to this project and this accreditation marks a major milestone in moving it forward," said Maude Pelletier, President and CEO of MVT GEO-SOLUTIONS. "The partnership that we have developed with Iris Automation and the UAS Center of Excellence is an important pledge in the success of this stage of the project and we are impatient to continue our collaboration with them in order to achieve our common goal of unlocking commercial BVLOS operations in Canada. "
The goal of obtaining a BVLOS certification allowing to fly over long distances without having to keep direct visual contact with the drone is to provide companies with high resolution geospatial data on very large areas at a lower cost than with planes / helicopters. Quality geospatial data in terms of precision and resolution is the key to informed decision-making and the optimization of deep learning in smart cities. Iris Automation’s onboard computer-vision DAA system is a game-changer for commercial drone use because it is the most effective, scalable, and cost-effective technology to enable BVLOS operations. Technology like this will be critical to safely integrate drones into the airspace along with manned-aircraft.
“We are incredibly excited to achieve this first BVLOS approval in Canada using our Casia onboard detect-and-avoid technology,” said Iris Automation CEO Alexander Harmsen. “This latest approval further validates our technology and adds to the multiple permissions we have already received from regulators inthe U.S. and South Africa. We look forward to continuing to work together with the CED, MVT GEO-SOLUTIONS, and Transport Canada to pave the way to unlocking commercial BVLOS operations for our customers in Canada.”
The first BVLOS flights are scheduled to take place in the coming weeks, with the resulting data being used to inform more complex BVLOS operations in the future.
About MVT GEO-SOLUTIONS :
MVT GEO-SOLUTIONS offers acquisition, processing and analysis services of aerial data obtained using professional drones, LiDAR sensors and aerial RGB, thermal and multispectral imagery in the sectors of civil engineering and environment. MVT is an exclusive Canadian trainers and distributors of innovative geomatic solutions and is involved in several R&D projects that touch on virtual reality, artificial intelligence and development of sensors and software.
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