Colibrex (LS telcom), Germany
Georg Schöne is a radio communications expert with more than 25 years of experience in fixed, mobile and broadcast radio communications industry, frequency spectrum management, monitoring, software architecture and development. He is holder of a PhD (Dr.-Ing.) in Microwave Technologies from the Institute for Microwave Technologies of the University of Karlsruhe/Germany (Now: KIT). In 1992 he founded together with Dr. Manfred Lebherz the L&S Hochfrequenztechnik GmbH (the later LS telcom AG) and started the development of software based radio network planning tools and the frequency spectrum management system SPECTRA.Since 2000 he is Member of the Board in the position as CTO of the meanwhile formed LS telcom AG. He is responsible for research and strategic development; human resources and business development. In parallel Georg is also Managing Director of the Colibrex GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of LS telcom which is involved in the RPAS/Drone industry. As specialized drone operator Colibrex is offering airborne radio frequency measurement services worldwide. Based on the longstanding expertise of LS telcom towards dynamic databases and licensing processes, Colibrex has also invested ahead of the curve and recently launched Drone-Flight-Check, a drone registration and authorization management database & app. During his career Georg was heading or co-managing personally software implementation projects in more than 25 countries. Georg is frequently acting as a lecturer for dedicated subjects around the fields of activities of LS telcom and Colibrex; he is also contributing papers to international workshops and conferences. Since 2002 he is member of the advisory board to the International Master School of the University for Applied Science in Offenburg, Germany.
With the irresistible boom of drones for both recreational and professional use, concepts for regulating drone operations and the announced implication of some ANSPs in drone traffic management shake industry and regulatory bodies. The call for standardized UTM systems is absolutely justified, but a rapid implementation of such systems is subject to many question marks and hurdles not yet solved. Among the most critical issues we can list the implementation of a low-cost and standardized Drone-tracker, the reliability of connectivity in all the intended airspace, the definition of a geo-fencing format, cyber-security, etc. All in all the complexity of a full UTM system should not be underestimated. On the other hand the risk in terms of safety is already present, and some recent regulatory rules taken individually in some countries are not really sufficient. In general our impression is that UTM is very much seen from an aeronautical perspective and that public and homeland security might not receive enough consideration. However, a few concrete measures based on ready-to-implement tools could already offer a better level of safety and prepare the completion of a global UTM. The purpose of this paper is to explain how the registration of all drone users and an intelligent system of flight authorization can efficiently be implemented. Such a system can and shall also integrate a dynamic management of no-drone-zones. Clear that the ultimate targets will be to embed automatic geo-fencing and tracking of drones in a UTM system, but why not starting with more simple tools enabling the users to request for flight approvals and preventing them to fly (at a dedicated time) in unauthorized areas ? Examples of such a processing will be presented, based on the Drone-Flight-Check solution developed by Colibrex and LS telcom.