Iris Automation launches Casia 360
Iris Automation announced the launch of Casia 360, what the company says is the first onboard detect-and-avoid (DAA) solution with a 360° radial field of view to enable commercial Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The solution allows a UAS to see and react to the aviation environment around the aircraft. It can reportedly detect other aircraft in all directions, use computer-vision algorithms to classify them, make intelligent decisions about the threat they may pose to the drone, and then trigger an alert to the pilot in command while its automated maneuvers work to safely avoid collisions.
The system is a combination of both hardware and software that is lightweight, low power, and small in size. The low SWaP (size, weight, and power) system is composed of two onboard controllers and five long-range optical cameras providing a 360° field of view. The software is packaged in a self-contained embedded supercomputer that works with the machine vision cameras onboard.
"Casia 360 allows a drone to have a complete sense of its surroundings so it can avoid potential collisions from any direction," said Iris Automation CEO Alexander Harmsen. "We developed this technology based on feedback from our customers and regulatory bodies around the world. It enables drones to be used for an even greater range of long-distance use cases and saves money, increases safety, and unlocks applications across multiple industries: railway, energy sector, utility powerline inspections, package delivery, and life-saving search and rescue operations."
According to the company, the technology has been extensively tested, with real-world test flights and mid-air collision scenarios flying various manned aircraft against UAS, over 12,000 real-world encounters, and more than 50,000 encounters in simulation. It is currently being flown by dozens of customers across 12 countries and holds BVLOS approvals from regulators in the U.S., South Africa, and Canada. The company also offers customers regulatory support for Part 107 waiver writing and regulatory approval processes to secure the necessary permissions for their unique UAS operations.
Casia 360 is available for commercial sales preorder now. The initial limited launch of the 360 system has sold out and this system is currently on backorder.
For more information, visit www.irisonboard.com.