Halo by Elsight redefines unmanned BVLOS connectivity

The Halo connectivity platform has reached significant milestones in 2020, an interview with Elsight’s new CEO, Yoav Amitai

Elsight has been gaining significant traction in 2020, despite the Covid-19 global crisis, and reached over 4,000 operating hours (3,000+ in the air,
1,000+ on the ground) with its signature Halo connectivity solution for unmanned platforms, moreover, Elsight secured several certifications for Halo allowing it to go commercial on a global scale. These milestones are a major move for Elsight on its mission to become the standard connectivity solution for all unmanned aerial platforms, and specifically for those who look to operate BVLOS under regulation ongoing approval.

“Halo is used now, and we envision it being massively used in the future, for BVLOS operations of UAVs. Either over populated areas, or less populated areas, Halo enables operations in almost any terrain. We understand that the future of commercially deploying UAVs, under an ongoing approval of the regulator, requires reliability that is almost unbreakable, and that is what we are aiming for, assist manufacturers with scaling their operations with regulatory approvals.” says Yoav Amitai, CEO at Elsight.

This news comes in the wake of many recent initiatives and accomplishments of the company, including:

  • Running over 15 active POC’s with UAV/Drone companies around the world in over 50 different platforms. Halo is tested for its reliability and bandwidth capabilities for BVLOS flights in the most challenging terrains.
  • Halo reached an astounding +4,000 hours of operations (3,000+ with aerial unmanned platforms and 1,000+ with ground unmanned platforms).
  • Halo was certified this year with an FCC and CE certifications allowing it to scale commercially in Europe and North America

Background on New Elsight CEO:
Yoav Amitai CEO

For the last three and a half years, Yoav served in several executive roles in Elsight. Yoav took a major part in initiating and executing the company’s major strategic transition from project-based to product-oriented company, leveraging Elsight’s advanced technology and shaping its technological and business vision. Before Elsight, Yoav served as the GM of an engineering firm bringing extensive operations, technology, and engineering management experience.

Halo is based on Elsight’s unique, connectivity technology that ensures near-real-time high-bandwidth transmission from anywhere, to anywhere.

Taking advantage of multiple data links and existing network infrastructure, it maximizes the efficiency of available resources, seamlessly adapting to your requirements and providing low-latency transmission of any data.

Elsight’s powerful bi-directional algorithm splits any kind of data (video, audio, telemetry and more) into encrypted packets, using secure VPN tunnelling to transmit via multiple cellular and RF IP links, and decrypting and recombining at the destination. The algorithm automatically detects any failed channels, seamlessly switching to the most suitable available transmission method.

See flow chart below:

People today are using either RF communication only or cellular communication only. Some will be able to offer failover between them, or failover between a few cellular providers. Elsight’s technology is utilizing all networks together at the same time which provides a few unique features for the unmanned industry:

High bandwidth

Halo maximizes available bandwidth by multiplexing multiple communication links into one secure network tunnel, providing the ability to seamlessly transmit large quantities of video, audio, and data.

Low Latency

By utilizing all available cellular network infrastructure, latency is kept ultra-low, allowing near-real time data transmission for drones and robotics.

Cybersecure high-integrity data transmission

Malicious interception of data streams is a major threat to drones and robotic systems that transmit critical data and intelligence over standard mobile technologies.

Halo keeps your communications safe and private at all times, securing transmissions by splitting and encrypting data, and sending it via multiple cellular links simultaneously. Built in authentication also enables you to know instantly who is using your platform.

Redundant capabilities for enhanced reliability

Many traditional UAV data links do not guarantee reliable and always-on connectivity, making seamless control and data transmission impossible.
Multilayer hybrid connectivity.

Halo safeguards against system failure by utilising multiple cellular pathways, with automatic detection of malfunctions and transmission to a different channel to ensure continuous uptime.

Multiple system configuration options

Halo’s flexible communications capabilities allow drones and robots to be connected via multiple options, with the ability to control multiple vehicles from one control centre. Drones and autonomous vehicles equipped with Halo can send and receive data via secure VPN tunelling to Elsight’s Cloud platform or an on-premise server, utilising multiple cellular links to ensure the best possible transmission conditions.

Halo can also provide P2P connectivity that takes advantage of low-latency, low-cost RF links when in proximity, and switches to cellular bonding to establish a BVLOS data link.

Is the product stand-alone or is the idea that you build it into the software stack? The idea is to integrate the OEM version of Halo into unmanned platforms. It becomes an integral part of the unmanned platform. The platform manufacturer can use it as a stand-alone plug-n-play device or, for deeper integrations, we equip our partners with full API to make the perfect orchestration with the platform.

About Elsight: Elsight develops hybrid solutions that deliver extremely reliable, high bandwidth, real-time connectivity even in the most challenging areas​. Elsight’s products incorporate software and hardware hybrid technologies, with its unique bonding connectivity solutions on-the-move or stationary​. The last product offering, Halo, is a connectivity solution for unmanned platforms and rural areas connectivity.

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