Sierra Wireless, a provider of device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), has been selected by PrecisionHawk to provide technology for the drone company’s low-altitude traffic and airspace safety (LATAS) platform.
Specifically, Sierra Wireless will be supplying its AirPrime MC Series embedded modules to enable global LTE connectivity for LATAS, which enables safe drone operations on a broad scale. The platform links drones, 3D ground data and live manned aircraft data from the Federal Aviation Administration and global authorities into a single system that tells drone operators when and where it’s safe to fly. It operates over cellular networks and satellites.
Sierra Wireless AirPrime MC7354 modules are currently installed in drones operating in Australia and New Zealand. They provide real-time connectivity to locate drones and pinpoint their positions at all times, as well as send notifications to users about in-flight hazards, such as nearby aircraft and airspace restrictions.
“As tens of thousands of new operators join the drone space around the world, our goal is to provide an easy-to-use and reliable safety tool that gives drone operators a complete picture of their surroundings and how those surroundings are changing in real-time,” says Tyler Collins, vice president of airspace at PrecisionHawk. “This wouldn’t be possible without the cutting-edge innovation in cellular connectivity that Sierra Wireless provides.”