Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) Sky has partnered alongside Germany-based tech company Airial Robotics to develop innovative drone solutions.
As part of the partnership, both companies aim to integrate technologies based on innovative European engineering and professional aviation standards and procedures.
HHLA Sky’s drone control centre is an IoT platform, securely connecting and controlling unmanned systems, while Airial Robotics’ Gyrotrak technology offers flight time, speed, and payload-improving hardware solutions for unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs).
By combining these two technologies, customers and operators worldwide can benefit in a broad spectrum of use cases, such as security surveillance tasks at ports, critical infrastructures, borders, oil and gas industry, as well as in search and rescue, ship-to-shore delivery and (intra-)logistics, surveying, inspections, and more.
“We equip clients across diverse industry industrial verticals with complete solutions to securely manage all aspects related to effective and integrated industrial drone deployments – today and in the future,” said Matthias Gronstedt, Co-CEO of HHLA Sky.
“Our end-to-end approach goes far beyond planning, scheduling, managing, executing, and drone missions. We really strive to cover all necessary processes and tasks involved – complying with aviation standards and air safety regulations. The integration of our IoT platform with Airial Robotics’ innovative Gyrotrak UAS will open up many new possibilities for both partners.”
Joerg Schamuhn, CEO of Airial Robotics, added “The implementation of the software from HHLA Sky into our Gyrotrak hardware gives us an extremely attractive overall package, that enables large-scale drone missions of all kinds, adapting to different tasks and requirements.
“This cooperation allows us as a company to grow faster, offer more complex solutions and opens up the door to commercially viable complex drone operations. The result is allowing customers to plan and carry out their missions at any time of day, any place and even under challenging weather conditions.”
HHLA had previously successfully completed its Hamburg TruckPilot with MAN Truck & Bus. Announced in October 2021, the objective of the three-year project, which was also part of the strategic mobility partnership between the City of Hamburg and Volkswagen AG, included the development and practical testing of an autonomous truck in container handling at the HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA).