Kongsberg Geospatial IRIS UAS Situational Consciousness Utility gives BVLOS airspace administration for Oil & Gasoline Pipeline Inspection in Africa – Drones Information


Ottawa, CA: Kongsberg Geospatial Ltd., an Ottawa-based geospatial visualization software company, and Aerial Robotix, the leading UAS service provider in Nigeria, announced that Aerial Robotix has used Kongsberg Geospatial’s Situation Awareness application for IRIS UAS Achieve safety critical results Airspace deconflict that is monitored by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to enable BVLOS long-range operations to be performed.

With Kongsberg Geospatial, Aerial Robotix can carry out demonstration flights for BVLOS pipeline inspection in the Niger Delta with the unmanned CAMCOPTERยฎ S-100 air system (UAS) from Schiebel.

Aerial Robotix is โ€‹โ€‹an expert in drone operations in oil and gas inspection and offers UAV operational services for large oil and gas companies with professional certified UAV operators. The company’s pilots are licensed and insured, and operate in harsh conditions on a variety of platforms, from small fixed-wing and quad-copter drones to large gas-powered rotary-wing aircraft.

The Schiebel CAMCOPTERยฎ S-100 UAS with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) is a function that has been tried and tested, for which no prepared area or supporting equipment is required to enable take-off and restoration. It works day and night under adverse weather conditions with a visibility of up to 200 km over land and sea.

“Safe unmanned BVLOS operations require the best equipment and technology,” said Kolapo Sodeinde, CEO of Aerial Robotix. “Without Kongsberg Geospatial Airspace Deconfliction’s application, we would have received neither regulatory approval from the NCAA nor the client company to conduct BVLOS inspection flights.”

“IRIS offers an extremely cost-effective solution to improve situational awareness in airspace and significantly improve flight safety,” said Tudor Moss, CTO at Aerial Robotix.

Kongsberg Geospatial’s IRIS display technology enables multiple drones to be monitored simultaneously by a single operator, and provides real-time calculation of aircraft separation, airspace surveillance and line-of-sight to enable BVLOS operation. IRIS integrates a variety of data feeds, including ADS-B and radar, to provide detection and avoidance alerts. IRIS offers real-time 2D and 3D visualization of route and weather data in the air as well as geo-fencing functions.

“We are very excited to be working with an experienced UAS service provider like Aerial Robotix,” said Ranald McGillis, President of Kongsberg Geospatial. “Their expertise in oil and gas logistics and their ability to manage large projects offer an excellent and unique application for our technology.”

To learn more about Kongsberg Geospatial, visit the website at www.kongsberggeospatial.com

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