Leading-edge Remote ID and Tracking technology company RelmaTech has taken a strategic step toward establishing an international footprint by incorporating in the United States.
Based in Greenville, South Carolina, RelmaTech Inc. will take over the lead from its UK parent in marketing the company’s technology solutions and professional services portfolio world-wide.
RelmaTech, which specializes in global solutions for real-time vehicle/device identification, live tracking and situational awareness across multiple applications, has been actively involved in the development of the drone industry in the U.S. for several years. RelmaTech was the only overseas company invited by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to participate on the 2017 FAA UAS Remote ID and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC). More recently, RelmaTech played a key role in the NASA UTM TCL4 program and FAA UPP trials in Reno, Nevada as an active member of the State of Nevada team, led by the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS).
“Establishing a formal business presence in the U.S. has always been on our radar,” says Philip Hall, RelmaTech’s Co-Founder and CEO, and President of RelmaTech Inc. “Being part of the Nevada TCL4 and UPP teams on those ground-breaking programs gave us the perfect opportunity to showcase our technology to NASA, the FAA, and the global UAS industry. The encouraging response was a clear message that now was the right time to bring forward those plans.”
RelmaTech’s flagship product is its innovative Secure Integrated Airspace Management (SIAM) system. Enabled by a small light weight, low power, low cost, stand-alone module that can be easily installed on all types of UAS, SIAM is unique in that it provides UAS Remote ID and tracking capabilities with minimum latency in both networked and non-networked environments.
The NASA TCL4 program involved UAS flying in high-density urban areas. For the Nevada TCL4 trials, which were conducted in Downtown Reno during May and June this year, it was the first time in U.S. aviation history that such flights were performed in a metropolitan area under beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) conditions. All drones flown in the Nevada TCL4 test program were fitted with a SIAM module and the NIAS Range Operations Center used the SIAM web portal to identify and manage in real-time the location of all TCL4 aircraft operating in the test area. Similarly, participating TCL4 operators, pilots and authorized actors used SIAM to have full situational awareness of the shared airspace.
“As both Brian Wynne (President, AUVSI) and Jay Merkle (Executive Director, UAS Integration Office, FAA) said at the recent North Carolina Drone Summit and Flight Expo, Remote ID is the key in the latch to unlocking commercial UAS BVLOS operations. This neatly puts into perspective our decision to advance formalizing our presence in the U.S.” explains Hall, who also serves on several U.S. and international committees working on the development of standards for UAS and their operations.
RelmaTech’s SIAM system has been supporting commercial UAS operations since mid-2016, and in March 2017 Australian company V-TOL Aerospace used SIAM to claim the world’s first UAS day and night BVLOS flight operations managed using a UTM system.
About RelmaTech: RelmaTech specializes in the development and operation of integrated technology-based solutions that provide for the safe, secure spatial management of autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicle and mobile device operations in any environment. Global solutions handle real-time and historic location data for the purpose of vehicle/device identification, live tracking, situational awareness, operator authorization and evidence management across multiple applications. Headquartered in London, UK with representation in Australia and the United States, our solutions have proven successful in applications that include commercial drone flight operations in collaboration with both civil and military air-traffic control.