Kongsberg & AirMap UAS Real-Time Airspace & Flight Tools Platform

The best-in-class IRIS UAS situational awareness display will include airspace safety and efficiency services powered by the AirMap airspace management platform
The best-in-class IRIS UAS situational awareness display will include airspace safety and efficiency services powered by the AirMap airspace management platform

Kongsberg Geospatial, an Ottawa-based developer of real-time, mission-critical, geospatial visualisation software, and AirMap, the leading airspace management platform for drones, will begin delivering AirMap’s real-time airspace services to users of the Kongsberg Geospatial IRIS UAS situational awareness display.

Kongsberg Geospatial has been providing technology for military UAV platforms for over a decade. The company is now actively working with industry and regulatory groups in the United States and Canada to develop a simple, portable display for civilian UAV operators; that provides them with a unified situational awareness picture, combining a wide range of live data feeds into an easy-to-understand display format that will enable drone flight beyond visual line of sight.

Program director Paige Cutland uses IRIS UAS software. The best-in-class IRIS UAS situational awareness display will include airspace safety and efficiency services powered by the AirMap airspace management platform
Program director Paige Cutland uses IRIS UAS software. The best-in-class IRIS UAS situational awareness display will include airspace safety and efficiency services powered by the AirMap airspace management platform

AirMap is the world’s leading airspace management platform for unmanned aircraft, and provides drone operators and other airspace stakeholders with real-time information about airspace conditions and tools for digital communication and flight.

AirMap’s airspace data – which includes information about airspace advisories and requirements, as well as live data about wildfires, temporary flight restrictions, and other flight-critical events – will be visualized by the IRIS display in 2D and 3D.

(Steve Runge, Division Manager for Safety and Emergency Management at the Houston Airport System, discusses what AirMap’s Digital Notice and Awareness System means for the security of airports. Courtesy of AirMap and YouTube)

Operators will also be able to use AirMap’s Digital Notice and Awareness System (D-NAS) to communicate with participating air traffic control authorities and obtain digital authorization for flights in controlled airspace.

“The expertise and capability of AirMap is exactly the type of partnership we are looking for to improve our technology,” said Ranald McGillis, President of Kongsberg Geospatial.

Ben Marcus, CEO of AirMap
Ben Marcus, CEO of AirMap

“We are very pleased to join with AirMap to help lead the way in the emerging drone aviation market, where real-time situational awareness will be needed to ensure safety.”

“Integrating AirMap platform services with the Kongsberg Geospatial IRIS display creates a powerful tool to enhance safety for commercial UAS operators as they take to the skies – and begin to fly beyond visual line of sight,” said Ben Marcus, CEO of AirMap.

“We’re excited to bring our airspace services to the commercial operators who use IRIS.”

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AirMap provides accurate, reliable, and trustworthy low-altitude navigational data and communication tools to the drone industry: inventors of drones & drone technology, drone operators, and airspace stakeholders.

AirMap has a rapidly expanding global network of hundreds of partners and thousands of app users.