Currently, there is no perfectly reliable solution for remote or unmanned piloting of aerial vehicles. Besides, the reliability and availability of surveillance systems for UAVs is still an issue. The cutting-edge technologies are great but we will always have room for improvement. And this is exactly what Simlabs is doing.
The most anticipated event of this conference for us was a white paper presentation on a decentralized solution for integrating large-scale UAS operations into future aviation system by Distributed Sky
, a consortium uniting companies engrossed by global UTM (air traffic management). Simlabs made a significant contribution to this work.
The conference talk
was devoted to a decentralized ecosystem in which UAVs and other interested parties can operate. They proposed an approach to providing reliable communication channels, a single source of truth and transfer of liability for all members of a distributed network. To make it possible, the UTM system is based on a blockchain technology.
The idea behind the UTM system is simple. There is a set of interested parties that may be represented by customers, pilots, drones and drone owners if we take an example of drone services. These units communicate with each other via smart contracts to make the system completely fraudproof and reliable. Some technical infrastructure is required to make this communication possible including user interface, data storage, functionality to find appropriate executors depending on customers' tasks and surveillance system to ensure task execution.