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Tech firm says working with Dubai on drone tracking system

Exponent Technology Services says cooperating with Dubai's aviation regulator following airport closures caused by drones

Tech firm says working with Dubai on drone tracking system

Exponent Technology Services has announced it is cooperating with Dubai's aviation regulator on new technology to actively track drones operating in the emirate.

Exponent said it is offering its live portal service to the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority following recent incidents when unauthorised drones have forced the city's international airport to close.

The live portal is an online, secured, accessible portal where pilots can register flights and pilot information, record flights and track RPAS in real-time through the SkyCommander.

The SkyCommander attaches to the system and communicates live data via third party 3G cellular network back to the portal including speed, height, location, pitch and roll.

Exponent said it offers different holistic UAS solutions such as inventory tracking across large open yards, water sample retrievals, security surveillance, surveying, agriculture and 3D mapping, tailored according to its clients’ needs.

The cooperation comes as the UAE plans to finalise laws to more heavily regulate the sale of drones and their operations soon, aiming to minimise risks posed by unmanned aerial vehicles.

Current regulations on drones in the UAE, introduced in April 2015, relate mainly to commercial licensing and approving how companies use drones and are under constant development.

Last month, Dubai International Airport was brought to a standstill for an hour due to unauthorised drone activity.

The airport was forced to close the airspace and operations were disrupted for one hour between 8am and 9am, with full operations resuming at 9.07am.

An eyewitness reported 21 planes were backed up on the runway and there were several delays.

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