UTM Implementing New European Delegated Regulation – E-Identification
Marc Kegelaers holds a Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering and Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He has an EASA Commercial Pilot License and is an experienced Flight Instructor. After a successful international career as an entrepreneur in the Telecommunication Industry, Marc got involved in Aviation in 2000. From 2005 until 2016 he served as the Chief Executive Officer and Accountable manager of BAFA – and made it the leading flightschool in Belgium. Marc got in contact with Unmanned Aviation when he decided to start the now very successful “Drone University” at BAFA. He joined Unifly as CEO in 2015 with the objective of making it the worldwide leader in Unmanned Traffic Management. He is also vice-president of GUTMA – the Global UTM Association and Chairman of UNIZO Antwerp. Other past assignments include: visiting professor at the Vives Aviation College in Ostend, Boardmember of the Chamber of Commerce in Antwerp, Secretary-general at the Royal Antwerp Aviation Club.
Unifly’s Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) platform connects official entities with operators to integrate drones into the airspace safely and securely. The Unifly UTM system provides a comprehensive feature set for both authorities and drone operators. Authorities can visualize and manage drone flights and define no-drone zones enabling dynamic drone flight and airspace management including real-time drone surveillance and tracking. Now that the new European Delegated Regulation is published it will become important for the industry to line-up as soon as possible, taking into account the several technologies that will be needed to succesfully implement those rules. Tracking for instance is a key functionality when it comes to drone use, especially in beyond visual line of sight drone operations. Unifly has developed a drone tracking and e-Identification product: the Unifly BLIP (Broadcast Location & Identity Platform). BLIP is tailored to the specific needs of UTM service providers, local authorities and drone operators. BLIP combines tracking capabilities with e- Identification. From the moment the device senses movement, it starts sending the tracking data over the LTE wireless broadband network to the UTM backbone. Additionally, BLIP uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to broadcast the drone’s e-Identification, 3D location and take-off position in compliance with the European legal requirements for drone flights. These data can be accessed in real-time by relevant authorities through secured applications. This allows for example a police patrol to read out all details of drones flying within a distance of up to 200 metres of the patrol’s position.