Thales new system helps identify and track drones in real-time

Aerospace management system works on the air traffic control of objects in low airspace

Thales new UTM system helps identify and track drones in real-time.
Thales new UTM system helps identify and track drones in real-time.

Thales has developed a new aerospace management system for drones.

The civil drone market is best represented by its huge commercial potential and the millions of new drones that are projected to enter our skies over the next 20 years – moving from a world with tens of thousands of flying objects to one with millions, mostly in low airspace.

The resulting complexity in the aviation ecosystem presents significant new challenges to security and safety. This will lead to more stringent registration and identification for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) being required by civil authorities.  Regulatory frameworks will influence how operators plan missions, receive flight approvals and identify and track drones securely.

“The current aviation ecosystem was not designed to accommodate the type of growth that we will experience over the next few decades. Our goal as an industry is to maintain the highest levels of safety whilst addressing the needs of a rapidly developing market where manned and unmanned systems can coexist. Data security and protection along with equitable access to the airspace is the biggest challenge we face,” said Jean Ferré, Thales vice president, air traffic management.

The integration of (recently acquired) Gemalto’s cyber-secured identity tracking technology into Thales’s existing UTM platform brings an even stronger offering for civil aviation authorities. It provides a “certified drone identity card” meaning that regulators can verify a drone’s registration number, identify its pilot and confirm that they have the right authorisations to fly, all in a few seconds. The Gemalto UTM tracker builds on existing airspace and regulatory compliance capabilities already available in the Thales UTM platform.

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