Iris Automation BVLOS waiver with Casia G

Iris Automation obtains a second BVLOS exemption for the Reno BEYOND program: this time with Casia G, a ground-based detection and avoidance technology.

by DRONELIFE Editor Ian M. Crosby

Security avionics technology company Iris Automation received a waiver for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Autonomous Operations on behalf of the City of Reno, a participant in the FAA BEYOND Programfor use of its Casia G ground solution. This is the second waiver granted to Iris Automation on behalf of the City of Reno Fire Department, after securing another last month for a theft autonomous with its Casia X.

The override allows the drone operator to fly without maintaining visual contact. Casia G leverages Iris Automation’s sense and avoid technology to establish a stationary perimeter of sanitized and monitored airspace, allowing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to perform work safely by enabling the taking of awareness of aircraft piloted by intruders.

casia gCasia G does not require integration into the aircraft, and its ground placement provides greater flexibility in establishing permanent, sanitized airspace and rapidly changing locations by simply moving Casia G.

“Casia technology provides an essential layer of security, helping to enable the integration of unmanned aircraft into our national airspace,” said Gabrielle Wain, vice president of global policy and government affairs at Iris Automation. “This latest approval to fly BVLOS with Casia G offers operators looking to perform remote and one-to-many operations a solution to mitigate the risk of mid-air collisions, without having to use human visual observers. This is a critical step for economic scale-up of small UAS BVLOS missions.

The FAA BEYOND program, formed to help the FAA establish safety and performance standards for BVLOS operation by working with a wide range of industry and government stakeholders, provides partners with substantial on-the-job learning experience to help inform regulatory recommendations. The City of Reno and Iris Automation have been working together since 2019, first partnering with the FAA’s Integration Pilot Program (IPP), to test the use of autonomous drones in river rescue missions.

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Ian attended Dominican University in California, where he graduated with a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he now contributes to DroneLife as an editor .

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