Port of Antwerp-Bruges upgrades drone management system

Unifly, SkeyDrone upgrade Port of Antwerp-Bruges DronePortal

Unifly and SkeyDrone have announced a significant upgrade to the Port of Antwerp-Bruges’ Unmanned Aerial System Traffic Management (UTM) DronePortal, an application developed by Unifly.

Unifly is a Terra Drone Corporation group company and a leading provider of Unmanned Aerial System Traffic Management (UTM) systems.

This upgrade reportedly enhances the efficiency of drone operations in the complex Port of Antwerp’s airspace and supports the expanded use of drone technology. Additionally, the upgraded services are now extended to include the Port of Bruges.

Operational in the Antwerp Port area since mid-March 2021 with over 5,000 flight authorisations processed, the PoAB DronePortal upgrade plays a pivotal role in the evolving U-space landscape, according to Unifly.

The latest improvements include optimised automated approvals, enhanced integration support with drone operations, and User Interface (UI)/User Experience (UX) enhancements, all based on the most recent Unifly product version.

Erwin Verstraelen, Chief Digital Information and Innovation Officer, Port of Antwerp-Bruges, said: “Embracing innovation is at the heart of our strategy, and this partnership with SkeyDrone and Unifly reaffirms our commitment to fostering a smart, connected, and future-ready port.

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Hendrik-Jan Van Der Gucht, Managing Director of SkeyDrone, further commented: “With this upgrade of the DronePortal, SkeyDrone is not only enhancing the user experience for drone operators but is also taking the next step towards U-space readiness, ensuring safe and seamless integration of unmanned aerial vehicles in the European airspace.”

In January of this year, it was announced that the Port of Antwerp-Bruges and Infrabel will receive €23 million ($25 million) from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for the renovation of Lillo Bridge.

More recently, the Port of Antwerp-Bruges, with the support of VLAIO’s Innovative Public Procurement Programme, launched a market consultation for companies in the water treatment sector.

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