Dubai will soon become the first place in the world to implement real-time tracking software to monitor the operations of commercial drones in restricted airspace, according to officials from the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA).
The Exponent Portal software – which was publicly unveiled for the first time at a live demonstration at the World Aviation Safety Summit in Dubai on Monday – will allow DCAA officials and other local authorities to track the location, speed and height of drones, as well as view and record the material being collected by the drone’s on-board camera.
The system works through a 160-gramme add-on that is to be fitted onto drones before flight.
“Beyond the issuance of a no-objection certificate, we are able to monitor what the RPAS (remotely piloted aircraft system) operator is doing,” explained Michael Rudolph, DCAA’s Head of Aviation Regulations and Safety. “Should there be any transgressions, we are advised of that.”
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