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Droniq and Sky Drone partner for BVLOS flights

Frankfurt-based Droniq and UK-based Sky Drone have entered into a strategic partnership that allows the German company to use Sky Drone’s technology for controlling UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) remotely in real-time and without any limitation in range, reports uavexpertnews.com.

Based on this technology Droniq can now offer a complete hardware package for locating, controlling and transmitting data of drones during BVLOS (beyond visual line of sight) flights. This technology is part of the UTM (UAS Traffic Management) system Droniq offers for the German market. That service allows the safe integration of drones into public airspace and provides the basis for commercial use of drones over large distances.

“Sky Drone perfectly complements the UTM approach of Droniq and is an essential building block for making BVLOS flights reality,” said Ralph Schepp, COO of Droniq. “We’ve seen the technology being used by several of our customers in Germany and are absolutely convinced of Sky Drone’s technology.”

As an exclusive partner of Sky Drone in Germany, Droniq is now able to provide real-time communication for drones during their flights. By using the 4G/LTE network of Deutsche Telekom, real-time command and control, video, sensor and telemetry data can be transferred with low latency from the drone to the ground control station and vice versa.

This technology complements Droniq’s LTE-tracking module “HOD4track” (Hook-On-Device), which sends its position every second via the mobile network to the UTM system.

That device also receives signals from helicopters, gliders and small aircraft in the vicinity and sends those to the UTM as well. That way the drone operator is always appraised of the surrounding airspace. Furthermore, the HOD4track broadcasts its own position so that other aircraft in the vicinity see the drone in their cockpit.

The CE-conform product “HOD4command” increases Droniq’s offering by adding real-time communication with the drone over unlimited distances. It can be mounted onto any aircraft and integrates seamlessly into all supported autopilots. The drone therefore becomes controllable over long distances. The data communication is end-to-end encrypted and therefore protected from unauthorized access. The Sky Drone technology the HOD4command is based upon, is already in use in Africa and Europe helping deliver medicine and vaccines to hard-to-reach villages.

In Germany it is used for intersite logistics of a large pharmaceutical company. The structurally identical product “HOD4stream” is available with a larger data plan that allows real-time transmission of video, sensor and telemetry data. In industrial applications like maintenance and inspection of pipes and routes as well as in industrial facilities, data can be transferred and analyzed in real-time. First responders already use this technology for remote situational awareness.

“Droniq is the ideal partner for our real-time communication system for drones that’s already being used across the globe, said Boris Boege, CEO of Sky Drone. “Their reach in Germany and Europe allows the efficient use as well as safe integration of drones into the public airspace.”

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