PrecisionHawk, Verizon, Harris, DigitalGlobe bring solutions to enhance safety

PrecisionHawk, Verizon (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), Harris (NYSE: HRS) and DigitalGlobe Inc. (NYSE: DGI) said they have announced the successful completion of initial testing of high-performance airspace services for consumer and enterprise drones.

The market leaders have integrated their technologies, Verizon´s LTE network, Harris´ ADS-B and aircraft surveillance network, DigitalGlobe´s Geospatial Big Data Platform and PrecisionHawk´s LATAS (Low Altitude Traffic and Airspace Safety) platform, to serve as a pathway for safe drone integration. Assessment of this ecosystem is currently taking place through the FAA Pathfinder program and the NASA UTM project.

The LATAS platform provides ´safety as a service´ to support the growing number of consumer and enterprise drones in the airspace. LATAS is designed to work everywhere; connecting your drone over the cellular network and through satellites with one hundred percent reliability. Each operator has advanced situational awareness with Real-time tracking, Identification of ground and air obstacles and hazard notifications. Visit flylatas.com

The LATAS platform provides ´safety as a service´ to support the growing number of consumer and enterprise drones in the airspace. LATAS is designed…
“LTE networks have the potential to allow drones to deliver sensor data for processing, analysis and decision-making mid-flight and to receive command-and-control inputs in real-time, resulting in a safer, more reliable shared airspace,” said David Famolari, director, Verizon Ventures. “While much further study is required, this demonstration is an important step in advancing industry efforts to safely manage commercial UAV operations at scale.”

Operating over LTE and through satellites, the LATAS platform connects airspace safety technologies such as detect and avoid, dynamic geofencing and aircraft tracking to provide “safety as a service” for the rapidly growing drone market. As the most reliable cellular network provider in the United States with the most 4G LTE coverage, Verizon brings secure and reliable connectivity to LATAS users. By utilizing the existing infrastructure of Verizon cell towers, LATAS is scalable for drones operating throughout the US.

PrecisionHawk is a terrestrial data acquisition and analysis company founded in 2010. The company provides an end-to-end solution using a Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for data collection and analysis software tools to provide better business intelligence to clients across a wide range of civilian industries.