TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AirMatrix is pleased to announce that it has started a new project to accelerate its platform’s research and development efforts to inform communication standards for commercial drone operations. AirMatrix is receiving consulting services and conditional research and development funding from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) in support of the project.
Beginning in May, participating drone pilots in the City of Calgary’s Living Labs program will begin using the AirMatrix software platform within an assigned zone within city limits to begin testing drone operations in logistics and public services.
The deployment will be ramped up over the course of 18 months with the goal of establishing a living drone ecosystem in Calgary.
“As a smart city that embraces fresh ideas and experimentation, the City of Calgary looks forward to supporting innovation in the drone space and looks forward to supporting AirMatrix’s work to enable safe and efficient drone operations in Calgary while maintaining the… respecting the privacy of citizens,” said Monique Nesset, Smart Cities program manager, City of Calgary.
Working with local drone operators, AirMatrix is now deploying its operator platform in Waterloo and Calgary. The data collected will be anonymized and shared with Transport Canada to support the development of the standards needed for the next phase of complex drone operations – in which the industry will safely scale operations in urban environments nationwide.
“We are thrilled to be expanding in Waterloo and now based in Calgary. This is our first community outreach in Western Canada. The fact that we have him in this city speaks to the genuine efforts to increase the number of innovative job opportunities, Alberta’s increased focus on clean energy options and efforts to increase lifestyle benefits for residents; This is a step in the right direction, said Bashir Khan, CEO of AirMatrix. “In the long term, we see this as a revenue-generating economic engine for cities.”
“This region has a growing aerospace industry as well as an amazing history in communications, so it’s great to see innovative companies like AirMatrix commercialize the technology built in Waterloo and scale it across Canada and internationally,” said Rod Regier, who Planning Commissioner for the Waterloo Region.
In 2022, drones are one step closer to becoming part of our daily lives. Whether it’s delivering packages to front doors and backyards, roof inspections, infrastructure assessments, construction site surveillance, or emergency services, drone use cases and commercial solutions have started to scale globally. The challenges surrounding regulations and technology for flying in congested urban airspace, backyards and over city streets have quietly evolved in recent years. One innovative software company working with local, regional and federal governments in this space is AirMatrix, which maps and deploys digital infrastructure for drones to safely navigate urban airspace.
Deploying new technologies in urban environments rarely goes smoothly. While some larger drones are more akin to flying cars, they can be viewed as flying mobile devices that inherently come with unique challenges. Cities want to mitigate the risk of drones crashing into buildings due to inaccurate GPS data, faulty LTE/5G connection or an unclear understanding of the connectivity requirements for safe operation of drones in complex airspace from a telecom perspective. Canadians can expect to see more drones in the skies in the years to come. AirMatrix has accelerated its ability to map cities and over the next year will map 100 cities worldwide terrestrially and from the air to build skyways that enable advanced air mobility, including drones and EVTOL (Electric Vertical Take Off & Landing) aircraft ).
The only platform of its kind in the world, AirMatrix builds skyways in urban and suburban airspace with millimeter precision, enabling cities around the world to scale commercial drone operations. By providing traffic management capabilities through the traffic manager dashboard, the operator platform grants enterprise drones accurate, real-time, conflict-free 3D routes that include operations beyond line of sight. The sophistication of AirMatrix software, with its secure, reliable and dynamic monitoring capabilities, enables new industrial applications for drones to emerge and scale as the industry evolves.