(Nov. 30, 2022) HERZLIYA, Isr. — Using the FlightOps Ltd. multi-drone operating system, the Israel Police for the first time deployed autonomous drones beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) for command, surveillance and intelligence missions.During a first-ever operational experiment carried out by the Israeli police in October, a drone was placed at the Modi'in-Maccabim-Reut station to serve as a first responder to incidents throughout the city. A drone owned by FlyTech, an Israeli drone operation company, was controlled by FlightOps, an autonomous system that performed missions day and night without human assistance.
Ayalon Highways, the Civil Aviation Authority, the Innovation Authority and the Smart Transportation Administration conducted the experiment as part of the Israeli National Drone Initiative (INDI). The experiment was conducted to test the operation of a drone as a first responder (DFR) to police hotline calls. Only a few minutes after receiving a call, the drone was dispatched to provide a complete and real-time situation picture to the forces in the field.“We are happy and proud to lead the technological breakthrough that enables security and rescue forces to reach any point, even in densely populated areas, in real time, and to receive a complete picture,” said FlightOps CEO Shay Levy. “We have no doubt that the future lies in the low altitude realm and that our technology is a key component that will enable a leap forward in the capability to fly drones autonomously and beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) in the Israel Police service and in the civilian sector, in general.”
Eliran Oren, the CEO of FlyTech, said, “The experiment proved that from a technological point of view, these flights can be carried out in an operational environment. The police forces received a very high-quality video product, with a delay of up to half a second and this is a force multiplier in the field."The FlightOps operating system works by installing software onto a drone of any type, which converts the drone into an autonomous aircraft. The drone then communicates with a cloud-based operation center through 5G networks allowing for automated fleet operation in shared airspace.
In addition to first response missions, the FlightOps OS can be utilized for surveillance and drone deliveries. In August, Volatus Aerospace became the first company in Canada to receive a BVLOS Special Flight Operations Certificate, which allows drone operations without a visual observer. In June, FlightOps announced a significant commercial agreement with DroneUp, a major drone services provider that offers last-mile delivery solutions for Walmart.
For more information about FlightOps, visit www.flightops.io.
FlightOps is a world leader in providing a fast and safe way to incorporate autonomous flight capabilities to any business operation. Based in Herzliya, Israel, FlightOps’ cloud-based software allows drone and air mobility service providers to scale up their operations both in range and number of missions with increased safety and reduced operating costs. For more information, call 214-427-0813 or email [email protected].