DRONE LIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby
This week, major aerial and ground robot security companies, Asylon, Inc., revealed that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted a three-line-of-sight (BVLOS) exemption.
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In connection with the company’s automatic security drone inbox system and services, these exemptions allow Asylon to perform BVLOS operations within four initial sites in the United States, such as Google’s Wing, Zipline, and Xcel Energy. The group has been granted a similar exemption, and Matternet is the first to grant this class of exemption to an automated security drone system.
Asylon first collaborated with FAA as part of the BEYOND program, known as the UAS Integrated Pilot Program, when deploying an automated DroneSentry system for FedEx Express at Memphis International Airport in February 2020.
“Since 2018, I’ve been managing security drone programs at FedEx Freight,” said Mark Landry, former senior manager of corporate strategy security at FedEx Freight. “At this point, we were operating in a fairly unknown regulated area through various programs with the FAA. The Asylon team participated and immediately assisted in the education of all stakeholders involved. Their expertise. Knowledge and leadership have led us to pave the way for safety, compliance and innovation, and thanks to this important partnership, we are able to successfully expand a project never before done in the United States. I was able to do it. “
Asylon uses a fully automated DroneCore system to perform over 20,000 automated patrol and alarm response missions in the United States, providing real-time intelligence to security teams while monitoring potential crimes and issues. I am. The system also investigated and cleared thousands of false alarms, reducing the burden on understaffed security teams.
“There are only dozens of companies in the world that have achieved what Achillon has done here,” said Dan Elwell, a former FAA deputy administrator and member of the Achillon Advisory Board. “Of the few people who received these BVLOS exemptions, I believe Asylon is different. The security use case is perfect, remote control is built and developed to ensure this final exemption. The process is scalable and the number of automated flights that Asylon has taken to prove that the safety cases are incredible. With this team and technology, I’m convinced that this is just the beginning. doing.”
One of the BVLOS exemptions was granted to Asylon’s customer, GXO Logistics, who recently announced extensive scaling of security robotics programs. GXO’s DroneSentry system, located at a facility based in Clayton, Indiana, is now allowed to fly not only at night, but also to people and moving vehicles. The exemption also designates an analyst working at Achillon’s Robot Security Operations Center (RSOC) in Norristown, PA as a Remote Pilot Incommand (RPIC).
“Asylon’s core team, founded by MIT’s aerospace engineers, brings a lot of experience in the industry. That’s why we started creating data and safety cases from day one. Now quality first, always safe. We have created a scalable, templated process that embodies this core value, “said Asylon co-founder and COO Brent McLaughlin. “These first BVLOS exemptions are a key step in expanding our operations to meet the huge demands of the security industry. Automated end-to-end high-speed response aircraft like DroneSentry are our customers and their employees. We are confident that we will create a safer facility for our personnel. Our team is honored to innovate with the FAA and its key customers in this regard. “
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Ian attended Dominican University of California and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 2019. With her lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and her keen interest in technology, she is now a staff writer contributing to Drone Life.
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