TEL AVIV, Israel - Flight system and Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) specialist Airwayz has announced it has been awarded a contract by Ayalon Highways, an Israeli governmental company. In order to quickly investigate and respond to missile damage to civilian structures and infrastructure in the towns of Ashdod and Ashkelon, the Israeli civil defense, fire and police services will inspect drone footage to assess damage and prioritize remedial work, saving time, making best use of resources and restoring public safety quicker. In a world first, the project will see multiple drone fleets operate in the same urban airspace, managed by Airwayz UTM and also using Airwayz USS (UAS Service Supplier) systems for several drone fleets.
The operation, set-up by Ayalon Highways, has initially been deployed in the towns of Ashdod and Ashkelon, with the intention to expand inspections to other areas if required. Ayalon Highways issued a Request For Proposal (RFP) with a tight turnaround last week, knowing that such an operation was possible following a successful pilot scheme, dubbed The NAAMA Project, which was rolled out in Hadera in March. The NAAMA Project was organized by several government departments including the Israel Innovation Authority, the Israel Ministry of Transport (through Ayalon Highways), The Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI) and The Smart Mobility Initiative at The Israel Prime Minister’s Office, in order to validate the safe and efficient integration of drone deliveries in urban environments. Airwayz also took part in the project, providing UTM and USS for several drone operators.
Airwayz UTM technology uniquely combines decision-making capabilities at both USS and UTM level, for revolutionary real-time multi-drone flight performance. Also employing AI (Artificial Intelligence), Airwayz systems incorporate functions such as advanced mission planning, remote control and multiple autonomous flight modes, which are integrated with a cloud-based network. The Dynamic Airspace Management feature also allows operational teams using the software to share flight information and enable operational coordination with each other in a single airspace.