Tel Aviv Marathon Reaches New Heights as Israel Advances Use of Drones in Urban Areas

Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM)/USSP specialist,Airwayz Drones, has announced that the Israeli police will be using a network of drones as part of security efforts to monitor the 2022 Tel Aviv Samsung Marathon tomorrow, managed by Airwayz’ AI-based Dynamic UTM. The drone network allows police greater coverage of the area, whilst intelligent software identifies events requiring police attention, enabling faster responses and more efficient deployment of the workforce.

With an expected 40,000 marathon runners and equivalent crowds, the event is being coordinated and supervised by Ayalon Highways from its Command Centre in Tel Aviv. Drone fleet operators will be running patrols along the route, whilst tethered drones will monitor the concentration areas, as well as the start and finish lines. All drones are connected by Airwayz UTM/USSP to be allowed to work freely and safely over the urban environment.

Dr. Ami Appelbaum, Chairman of the Israel Innovation Authority, comments, “The Israel National Drone Initiative – a joint venture between the Israel Innovation Authority, Ayalon Highways, and the Israel Commercial Aviation Authority – has been working to demonstrate the viability of multiple drone operators in the same urban airspace, which we’re now able to put into practice, supporting the police in keeping this mega-event secure. This project demonstrates again why Israel is set to lead the world in the next level of smart mobility.”

Drones will patrol along the marathon course, staying airborne as long as possible to provide maximum support for the police. Individual operators will be responsible for the assigned routes of the patrolling drones while an analytical system will examine the images in real-time, flagging behaviour patterns that suggest police attention is necessary.

“The Tel-Aviv Marathon is always a well-received event in Israel and we are delighted to play a key role,” says Eyal Zor, CEO and Co-Founder of Airwayz. “Supporting the police and Ayalon Highways with this project shows that operating multiple drone fleets is absolutely possible in a busy urban environment. We’re proud to see Israel pushing the boundaries, developing a drone ecosystem and demonstrating the benefits the technology can bring to security, mobility and much more.”

Airwayz flight systems and UTM/USSP platforms feature artificial intelligence functions such as advanced mission planning, remote control and multiple autonomous flight modes that can be utilized for a variety of applications. Airwayz is developing operating systems that will manage the new skies, including multiple drones and air taxis through unparalleled technology, which enables the scalable operation of Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) in order to support the commercial revolution of Urban Air Mobility.

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