Israeli national authorities have launched an eighteen-month initiative, marking a groundbreaking move as they introduce uncrewed traffic management (UTM) technology to oversee air traffic in U-spaces throughout the country. For this pioneering endeavor, they have chosen High Lander, a prominent provider of drone management and uncrewed traffic management solutions, in collaboration with Ayalon Highways, a transportation solutions provider linked to the Ministry of Transport. Together, they will deliver the essential technology for this transformative initiative.
The Israeli Government Companies Authority and Israel Innovation Authority have opted to employ High Lander’s Vega UTM platform for establishing U-spaces within predefined airspaces and timeframes, regardless of their location in the country. Upon the activation of a U-space, any entity intending to operate a drone within that designated area will be required to submit a flight plan through Vega UTM to adhere to the regulations of the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel. This marks a significant milestone as it establishes regulatory compliance as a requisite for accessing a UTM network.
“Israel has been devoting considerable resources to the development of a national drone infrastructure for years now, and the launch of a UTM system on such a scale is the latest culmination of our efforts,” said Daniella Partem, Head of the Israel Innovation Authority’s Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. “Nationwide airspace management is a huge technical undertaking – we selected High Lander’s platform for this pilot because we believe that it has demonstrated the maturity and scalability necessary to handle this challenge.”
The magnitude of this initiative is unprecedented on a global scale and represents a pivotal stride toward the permanent establishment of a nationwide U-space. This endeavor will offer the chance to instruct official personnel in the system’s utilization and serve as a critical stress test for a novel infrastructure category destined to become a fundamental prerequisite for aviation authorities worldwide.
“We are incredibly proud to be selected as the official provider of UTM services in Israel” said Alon Abelson, CEO of High Lander. “This country has always been a global leader in technology, and the establishment of a new national air traffic management infrastructure will be one of the more significant technological developments of the modern age. To be chosen as the first company to provide this technology is a great honor, and we are more than confident that Vega UTM will continue to prove its effectiveness.”
High Lander, in collaboration with the support of Ayalon Highways, is an active member of the Global UTM Association and a staunch advocate for establishing UTM technology standards.
“We’re very excited about this pioneering project which is sure to be the first of many such initiatives worldwide,” said Meital Goren, Director of Autonomous Technology Implementation of Ayalon Highways. “High Lander was selected to provide the UTM platform because its solution has proved its effectiveness over a multitude of demanding projects and demonstrations over the last few years. We feel confident that this initiative will lay the groundwork for a long-term infrastructure in the future.” (Press Release)
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