Airways New Zealand has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UK-based Operational Solutions Limited (OSL), outlining an agreement to build on and improve the proof-of-concept drone detection system currently being trialled at Auckland Airport. The aim is to jointly develop a Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (CUAS) and Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) system.
The CUAS under trial at Auckland Airport, which will be improved upon by the two parties, is a combination of Operational Solutions Limited’s Command and Control/Intelligent fusion software (FACE), Aveillant Gamekeeper holographic counter drone radar and artificial intelligence-enabled camera technology.
Upon development, the CUAS will be able to detect drones entering the airspace that may pose a threat to the airport’s operations, as well as possessing the ability to identify the nature of the threat it poses by combining the CUAS with Airways New Zealand’s Airshare UTM system, airports will be able to facilitate and authorise drone flights to operate safely within the airspace.
The technology has recently been deployed at London Heathrow Airport as part of its counter efforts to ensure the country’s busiest airfield remains free from unauthorised drone activity. With the system allowing for fast and accurate detection of rogue drones, Heathrow’s passengers and colleagues are kept safe and will help law enforcement and air traffic controllers as they work to protect Heathrow’s airspace.