Swift Tactical Systems and the Swift Group partner to develop cutting-edge platform for UAV and UAM flight planning in Japan

Swift Engineering, through its Japanese subsidiary, Swift Xi, has joined forces with Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) in a project called “Digital Infrastructure Development Project for Digital Transformation of Industries: Research and development on 3D spatial information infrastructures.” This project will see Swift Tactical Systems and the Swift group collaborating with Zenrin Co. Ltd., LocationMind Inc., Intelligent Style, and Space Service Innovation Lab (SSIL) to develop a 3D spatial information infrastructure using spatial ID. The goal of the project is to create a platform for understanding and identifying flight safety information in order to support the safe and efficient operation of autonomous mobile robots such as drones, automatic delivery robots, and self-driving cars in urban environments.

The project, which is being led by NEDO, aims to use spatial ID as a standard index to make it easier and more efficient to search, integrate, and utilize a wide variety of spatial information and provide this information in a machine-readable format. This will be done by creating a 3D spatial information infrastructure that can be used to understand and identify flight safety information, which is essential for the safe and efficient operation of autonomous mobile robots such as drones, automatic delivery robots, and self-driving cars in urban environments.

The Japanese government has set a goal for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and urban air mobility (UAMs) to be able to fly in urban areas within Japan by 2030. In order to achieve this, it is essential to develop a robust and reliable 3D spatial information infrastructure that can support the safe and efficient operation of UAVs and UAMs in urban environments.

Each company involved in this project brings a unique set of skills and expertise to the table. SSIL will design specifications and build the 3D spatial information infrastructure. Intelligent Style will create the database architecture and prototype the system infrastructure. LocationMind will provide dynamic data (people-flow analyses) to decrease flight risks in Zenrin’s system and test the usefulness of its spoofing protection system. Zenrin will develop a “flight risk management system” prototype, which will automatically make flight plans using its algorithms to maintain flight safety. Swift Tactical Systems and the rest of the Swift Group will advise, fly and make flight routes of UAVs under the guidelines of the “flight risk management system” developed by Zenrin to improve safe operations of UAVs under the 3D spatial information infrastructure.

Overall, this project is a significant step forward in the development of new infrastructure that will enable the safe and efficient operation of autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles in urban environments. By leveraging the capabilities of each partner company, the project aims to create a platform that will revolutionize how we fly in urban areas and help to achieve the Japanese government’s goal of UAVs and UAMs flying in urban areas by 2030.

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