April 20, 2022

Iris CasiaG Copter400x275Iris Automation has announced the commercial availability of Casia G, its ground-based version of its detect-and-avoid (DAA) surveillance solution. Using the same patented artificial intelligence and computer vision technology as Iris Automation’s onboard solutions, the Casia G provides a full optical 360-degree field of regard designed to detect, alert and enable operators to avoid both cooperative and non-cooperative aircraft for safe beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flight.

The Casia G system provides a perimeter of sanitized, monitored airspace for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to perform their work safely, without additional payload. Iris said the system is ideal for operations in fixed or temporary locations, supporting drone-in-a-box operations and augmenting or replacing human visual observers. BVLOS flight for uncrewed systems has been challenging due to right of way concerns, specifically the inability for uncrewed aircraft to successfully see and avoid other aircraft, the company said.

“A human has sufficient visual acuity to see airborne traffic only within a +/- 5-degree field of view around our focal point – we have to scan the sky, and are frankly not very good at it,” said Jon Damush, CEO of Iris Automation. “Casia G sees the entire sky, with uniform probability and resolution, 10 times per second – without distractions or breaks. This is a solution for airspace awareness that covers a large majority of small UAS use cases, but at a price point that is economically viable and without complex integration.”

Iris said Casia G can be expanded by simply adding additional units in a mesh design to create a network of detection nodes for large-area air risk mitigation. The system then provides a single feed of cooperative and non-cooperative air traffic, available to an operator’s UTM system. The company said this provides a path to approvals for both larger area and one-to-many operations by enabling a holistic view of the airspace. Iris said Casia G has already obtained a BVLOS waiver on behalf of the City of Reno, and is in the process of proving additional deployment patterns and concepts of operations with the FAA.

“The Casia portfolio of products is a force multiplier for safety,” said Jason Hardy-Smith, vice president of product at Iris Automation. “Whether enabling autonomous flight or adding an additional layer of safety for piloted flight, it’s an extra level of surveillance. Casia G offers an extremely scalable ground-based solution for times where onboard isn’t an option or a fixed location needs to be surveyed, creating a safety zone ideal for a wide range of surveillance use cases.”

The company has already partnered with other industry leaders for its Casia G system, including:

  • Kongsberg GeoSpatial, to provide display of non-cooperative aircraft detection and alert UAS operators to intrusion into the Casia G area of surveillance. This provides a single user interface for a correlated airspace picture.
  • TruWeather, which integrates its micro-weather climate sensors to enable more accurate weather conditions for flight planning and real-time monitoring during flights.
  • Whitefox Defense, for customers operating drones remotely in and around sensitive infrastructure, this gives situational awareness for both air risk and security. Combining the DroneFox anti-drone system with Casia G increases airspace situational awareness and enables immediate mitigation to be taken when necessary.

For more details on the Casia G system, visit the Iris Automation website here.