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Mapping airspace is not a new idea, it's been around since the beginning of air travel to ensure safety for pilots, passengers and those on the ground.
But now that there are more flying objects in the sky, drones specifically, it's become necessary to map the lower airspace that they occupy; to help make flying drones and their many industrial applications more efficient.
In order to help businesses and industries better use drones and abide by the regulations, German drone technology company FlyNex is using HERE 3D tools to map this uncharted space for the first time in 3D.
Drones are already being used to transfer medical aid for COVID, to map threatened areas for environmental initiatives and help in natural disaster recovery. This advanced map could encourage more industries to use drones as the information will make flying drones safer.
HERE360 spoke with Andreas Dunsch, Co-Founder and CEO of FlyNex, to discuss the benefits and how HERE's tools play a part.
FlyNex's 3D map allows users to select filters such as "autobahn", "port" or "powerplant".
Image credit: DaViLus.
"Every company should be able to use this technology easily, safely and profitably. Only in this way is it possible to meet the challenges of a digital future and responsibly promote an innovative society." - FlyNex Mission Statement
Andreas Dunsch: “It's not the first time that the airspace was mapped, but the first time in accurate 3D. So, you finally get precise spatial information, such as tall buildings, no-fly zones and bridges. This information is important to be able to build reliable air navigation systems of the future.
“The energy sector, for example, now deploys drones for maintenance and repair operations for power lines, masts, antennas, pipeline, and windmills.
In the construction sector, many companies conduct their construction site and progress documentation, as well as surveying and construction site modeling, with drones.
The real estate sector... is mainly planning and executing drone flights for façade and roof inspections and for simulating digital twins of objects."
“Air navigation service providers and systems manufacturers are entering new fields. Aviation authorities have the chance to map the actual situation for approval of management and control, and are able to use the interface to conduct their operations in compliance with lower airspace rules. As a result, it will be much easier to manage and regulate it accordingly and enable a broad range of very new use cases."
“Since airspace is a 3D environment and rules and regulations are affected by ground objects, the need for appropriate 3D maps are needed. HERE is a global partner that helps to build applications to scale."
In this map, taken from FlyNex's state funded project website DaViLus, you will see "control zones" in peach, "air-locked areas" in pink, "radio mandatory zones" in orange rectangles and "aviation areas" in orange circles. Image credit: DaViLus
Today more than 8000 individuals and small businesses are using FlyNex Software and maps to supplement their industries through data generation, including DLR German Aerospace Center, SpectAir and TÜV Rheinland. These industries use FlyNex to manage data operations and monitor assets end to end.
You can view Flynex's 3D map, supported by HERE, on the state funded DaViLus project website.