Salt Lake City-based Fortem Technologies Inc. has announced the commercial availability of TrueView R20, a detect-and-avoid radar solution for drones.
Fortem says its radar technology has been hardened over the past six years through rigorous testing with the U.S. Department of Defense. TrueView extends this technology to detect potential air-to-air collisions and enables unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to safely navigate beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) day or night and in clouds, fog, smog and other challenging weather conditions, the company explains.
“One of the biggest challenges for the UAS industry is the ability to detect other aircraft and stay well clear from potential collisions. Achieving safe autonomous flight beyond visual line of sight is going to be the next big chapter for the aviation industry,” comments Jared Essleman, director of the Utah Division of Aeronautics at the state’s Department of Transportation. “The announcement of TrueView R20 technology is an exciting development for safe autonomous operations, allowing UAS to course correct as needed to mitigate risk.”
Using artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, the TrueView R20 provides real-time situational awareness. Furthermore, it weighs 1.5 lbs., offering a small form factor, Fortem notes.
“We are proud of our progress and ability to innovate around one of the most daunting challenges in the drone industry – namely, safe BVLOS and nighttime operations,” says Timothy Bean, CEO of Fortem Technologies. “With TrueView, we have responded to feedback from our customers to bring this needed detect-and-avoid product to a worldwide market.”