Flightradar24 AB, a provider of real-time airplane tracking, has joined forces with Skysense AB, a developer of automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) solutions for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Flightradar24 provides global flight tracking online or via iOS apps. The company says its network of ADS-B receivers is the largest of its kind and facilitates more than 150,000 flights tracked per day.
As part of the agreement, Flightradar24 has made a substantial investment in Skysense and will help further its technology. Both companies are headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.
Launched at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s XPONENTIAL 2016, BCON is Skysense’s lightweight ADS-B Out device suited specifically for small UAVs. Skysense says it will also launch additional products supporting Mode S and ADS-B IN.
“To make drones visible and be able to track them is an important enabler for making drones part of the new disruptive transportation infrastructure and safely co-exist with traditional civilian air carriers,” comments Henrik Vilselius, chairman and co-founder of Skysense. “We are delighted to have started this journey together with Flightradar24.”
Photo: Skysense’s BCON ADS-B technology