Tokyo, February 5, 2024- Unifly, a Terra Drone Corporation group company and a leading provider of Unmanned Aerial System Traffic Management (UTM) systems, and SkeyDrone proudly announce a significant upgrade to the Port of Antwerp-Bruges’ (PoAB) UTM, DronePortal, a cutting-edge UTM application developed by Unifly. This upgrade enhances the efficiency of drone operations in the complex Port of Antwerp’s airspace and supports the expanded use of drone technology. Additionally, the upgraded services are now extended to include the Port of Bruges. This development is a crucial step in advancing the PoAB airspace towards U-space readiness.
Operational in the Antwerp Port area since mid-March 2021 and having processed over 5,000 flight authorizations, the PoAB DronePortal upgrade plays a pivotal role in the evolving U-space landscape. The latest improvements include optimized automated approvals, enhanced integration support with drone operations, and User Interface (UI)/User Experience (UX) enhancements, all based on the most recent Unifly product version.
The Port of Antwerp-Bruges is expected to become the first official U-space airspace in Europe, marking a significant milestone in uncrewed aerial operations. The Port of Antwerp-Bruges has become a hub for drone activities, hosting the highest volume of drone flights in Belgium. Beyond the D-Hive project that facilitates scalable Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone flights, numerous drone operators fly within the same airspace for various purposes, further solidifying the port’s status as a key player in the drone ecosystem.
Erwin Verstraelen, Chief Digital Information & Innovation Officer, Port of Antwerp-Bruges, states that “Embracing innovation is at the heart of our strategy, and this partnership with SkeyDrone and Unifly reaffirms our commitment to fostering a smart, connected, and future-ready port. Together, we’re shaping a new frontier in uncrewed aerial operations”.
According to Hendrik-Jan Van Der Gucht, Managing Director of SkeyDrone, “With this upgrade of the DronePortal, SkeyDrone is not only enhancing the user experience for drone operators but is also taking the next step towards U-space readiness, ensuring safe and seamless integration of unmanned aerial vehicles in the European airspace”.
Andres Van Swalm, CEO of Unifly, commented, ” We are excited about the growing number of drone operators gearing up for autonomous flights. The recent system upgrade, extending support to the Port of Bruges and advancing PoAB towards U-Space readiness, is a significant milestone. The PoAB stands as a global exemplar of how drones can be seamlessly integrated into non-segregated airspace.”
About Port of Antwerp-Bruges
With an overall throughput of 271 million tonnes per year, Port of Antwerp-Bruges is a critical hub in worldwide trade and industry. The port is a crucial link for the handling of containers, breakbulk and for the throughput of vehicles. Port of Antwerp-Bruges is home to 1,400 companies and accommodates the largest integrated chemical cluster in Europe. The port provides, directly and indirectly, a total of around 164,000 jobs and generates an added value of 21 billion euros. For more information, please visit https://www.portofantwerpbruges.com/en
SkeyDrone is a joint venture between the Belgian Air Navigation Service Provider skeyes and Brussels Airport Company. Its mission is to provide end-to-end solutions for all your business needs related to the use of uncrewed aircraft (drones). It offers solutions for airspace monitoring, management and protection for authorities and geo-zone managers, operation of drones for operators and the use of drones to optimize business processes for companies. Playing a pivotal role in the implementation of U-space in Belgium, SkeyDrone is on track to make history by becoming the first U-space service provider in Europe. For more information, please visit https://skeydrone.aero/
About Unifly NV
Unifly NV, a Belgian-based technology provider of Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM), primarily develops operational management systems for drones and Urban Air Mobility (UAM). The company has a proven track record of implementing UTM nationwide in more than eight countries, establishing it as a world leader in this industry. DFS, an air traffic control service provider (ANSP) affiliated with the German government, also highly values the company’s expertise and technological capabilities, investing in the company in 2018 and becoming the second largest shareholder.
For more information, please visit www.unifly.aero
About Terra Drone
Terra Drone is a pioneering drone and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) technology company headquartered in Japan, with the mission to [ Unlock “X” Dimensions ], creating a prosperous future by “crossing” bridges by integrating diverse fields to foster innovation and find solutions. Its proprietary, patented technologies in drones, sensors, software are the foundation of the specialized solutions—ranging from surveying and inspections to pesticide spraying—which are revolutionizing key industries including oil and gas, construction and engineering, chemicals, electricity, and agriculture on a global scale.
In July 2023, Terra Drone acquired a majority stake in Unifly, a world leading provider of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) systems, having a proven track record of implementing its system on a national level in over eight countries. Terra Drone’s ambition is to develop comprehensive solutions for drones and UAM, with the overarching aim of establishing a digital infrastructure in the skies to maximize the potential of air mobility.
For more information, please visit our website: http://www.terra-drone.net