Secure airspace management for small drones is here: RelmaTech's SIAM solves safety concerns
An innovative solution for drones operated below 500 feet
Concerns of policy makers, regulators and the public answered
LONDON, October 5, 2015
Near collisions with commercial aircraft and numerous other incidents involving Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems – commonly known as drones – have become major problems for regulators and the emerging drone industry.
Recent examples include drones disrupting the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, drones interfering with fire fighters in California and drones being used to smuggle contraband into U.S. prisons. All received widespread news coverage, as did the earlier episode when an out-of-control drone penetrated the security perimeter of the White House.
Such incidents will soon be a rarity when RelmaTech’s Secure Integrated Airspace Management system – SIAM – is adopted and deployed, according to Philip Hall, RelmaTech’s Founding Director and CEO.
Patent Filing and Engagement with Regulators
SIAM offers a viable and robust solution to the critical issues confronting regulators and manufacturers responsible for ensuring the safety of low-flying Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). According to Hall, RelmaTech has initiated patent filing for SIAM and is now actively engaged in advising international regulatory bodies and major industry organizations of the system’s impressive operational potential. “We have advised the International Civil Aviation Organisation RPAS Program Office in Montreal, and recently conducted briefings to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in Washington DC and the UK Civil Aviation Authority in London. Those meetings were very positive with commitments for further discussions and demonstration of system capabilities.”
“SIAM represents an innovative integration of proven technologies and concepts used in civil aviation, online and mobile communications and information management,” Hall says. “It works in concert with existing transportation systems to ensure that small RPAS operations are safe for the full range of potential users – personal, commercial, institutional, corporate, government, civil service, national security and defence.”
SIAM, which uses state-of-the-art technologies to provide the ability to establish and enforce permanent and temporary No Fly Zones and to interface with control systems designed to simultaneously operate multiple RPAS, has been successfully migrated onto a Tier 1 global information technology and data management infrastructure.
“With SIAM, RPAS and their operators can be identified and their permissions verified – and, where necessary, restricted,” Hall adds. “SIAM can determine whether the flight to be undertaken is restricted to Line of Sight or permitted for Beyond Line of Sight, and then oversee the flight accordingly. These and other capabilities, including separation assurance and collision warning, ensure that RPAS can be safely operated within an integrated managed airspace, making SIAM the enabler for which the drone industry has been waiting.”
RelmaTech Limited is a UK-based company specialising in the development and operation of integrated technology-based solutions that provide for the safe and secure management of autonomous land, marine and air vehicle operations. RelmaTech has representation in the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia.