Swoop Aero partners with Iris Automation to enhance the safety of critical deliveries

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Drone-powered logistics provider Swoop Aero has partnered with Iris Automation to enhance critical deliveries with air safety technology.

The two companies will offer Beyond Visual Line of Sight, (BVLOS), drone solutions to global clients seeking to implement flying technology above cities, and solve logistics challenges in remote and rural areas.

Swoop Aero deploys its drone logistics platform into networks capable of delivering essential supplies to urban, rural and remote areas globally.

The Iris Automation Casia system detects other aircrafts and makes decisions about the threat they may pose to the drone. It then works with the Swoop Aero system to trigger automated manoeuvres to avoid collisions, as well as alerting the pilot in command of the mission.

The partnership follows Swoop Aero’s unveiling of its Kite aircraft, which has been designed for urban flight and high-impact rural and remote operations.

Kite will support the integration of Iris Automation’s Casia detect-and-avoid technology as part of its suite of safety features available to meet operational and customer requirements.

Eric Peck, CEO and co-founder of Swoop Aero said: “With two leading drone innovators coming together we can drive the safe integration of autonomous aircraft into even more critical areas. A DAA solution is the last great challenge preventing complex operational approvals and certification in countries like Australia and the United States.

Jon Damush, CEO of Iris Automation added: “We are seeing the leading players in the space make investments in  safety, and Swoop is one of the firms leading the charge to ensure the safe and efficient integration of unmanned aircraft into existing national airspaces around the world.

“Demand for these use cases is highest in regions with stringent air safety standards, and avoiding mid-air collisions is the most important aspect of reducing air-risk.”

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