UVT, a provider of drone technology, has teamed up with Iris Automation, a pioneer in safety avionics technology, to facilitate widespread beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations for its clients, eliminating the necessity for visual observers (VOs).

UVT caters to a diverse array of clients, including public safety agencies, utility companies, and construction firms, who demand budget-friendly and extensive technologies. UVT delivers comprehensive drone services, starting from consultation and site inspections to hardware and software provision, as well as operational and technical guidance, training, installation, support, and the requisite regulatory clearances.

Casia G Airspace Awareness Solution

The company is now offering Iris Automation’s Casia G to its customers. Casia G is a ground-based air surveillance system, which creates a volume of monitored airspace for safe operation, removing the requirement for individual VOs for each drone operation. Without an air surveillance solution like Casia G, BVLOS operations are restricted to very low altitudes or require additional personnel, such as visual observers (VO’s), on-site. This limits the potential of the drones to be used for remote, automated operations and can make UAS operations overly cumbersome, expensive, slow, and sometimes even dangerous for drone operators and VOs.

Casia G interface screenshot
Casia G detects cooperative aircraft broadcasting ADS-B and non-cooperative traffic using Iris Automation’s patented computer vision system and artificial intelligence software. (Photo Credit: Iris Automation)


Casia G is a small, passive, low-power, weather-hardened device that can be installed anywhere with a clear view of the sky. Casia G detects cooperative aircraft using a built-in ADS-B receiver and non-cooperative traffic using Iris Automation’s patented computer vision system and artificial intelligence software.

Casia G can be deployed at any site that offers an unobstructed vista of the sky, such as rooftops, telescopic masts, cellular towers, water towers, or even a tripod employed by a contractor, without mandating any integration with the drone. The system warns the remote pilot of any airborne objects that could lead to a crash, allowing the drone to be safely moved to a new location. Automated systems such as Casia G provide more vigilance than humans, as they do not get sidetracked or need breaks and are impervious to adverse weather conditions.

Multiple Casia G nodes can be deployed to cover any sized operational area, creating a network of safe airspace for operating multiple drones from multiple launch points, all from one centralized management point.

Casia G detects a helicopter in the nearby airspace
Casia G detects a helicopter in the nearby airspace (Photo Credit: Iris Automation)

Quote from Matt Rybar, VP Special Projects, UVT

“Integrating Casia G into our product suite is a game changer for us and our clients. It really does unleash a whole new level of scale while maintaining the degree of safety required for any airborne operation. Breaking the constraints of VOs makes these operations much more manageable and effective, particularly for public safety and law enforcement. We’re excited to see our clients take on ever more ambitious projects thanks to this partnership.”

Quote from Jon Damush, CEO, Iris Automation

“The engagements UVT undertakes with its customers are a perfect example of where Casia G can dramatically improve the whole scope and effectiveness of remote operations, particularly for Drone as a First Responder programs. Until now, DFR programs have been limited by the need for VOs. UVT is really leading the way in helping customers go to the next level by enabling them with cutting edge operational and safety technologies, as well as effective regulatory support.”

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