Heron AirBridge, a Southeast Asian unmanned aircraft system traffic management (UTM), announced this week a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), a research and educational institution based in Bangkok, Thailand, reports a press release. The collaboration “aims to spearhead the R&D of UTM concepts and technologies in Thailand.” This comes soon after an alliance in March with Immarsat.
Compared to North America and Europe, the adoption of unmanned aircraft in Southeast Asia has been slow. Thailand, for example, despite operating some of the busiest international airports in the region and facing serious traffic congestion issues, has yet to fully embrace the industry. Therefore, believes the partnership, “There exists massive potential for Advanced Air Mobility in the area.”
(l to r) Assistant Professor Dr. Soemsak Yooyen (Dean, IAAI, KMITL), Ryan Lee (CEO and co-Founder, Heron AirBridge)
To accelerate the deployment of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in Thailand, Heron AirBridge is to collaborate with KMITL’s International Academy of Aviation Industry to build up the local Thai expertise and capabilities required for the development of UTM concepts, technologies and services.
Ryan Lee, CEO and co-Founder of Heron AirBridge, commented, “We hope that this partnership will kickstart long-term relationships in Thailand to support them on the Thailand 4.0 journey, where UAS can contribute significantly to increasing economic prosperity, improving social well-being, raising human values and protecting the environment.”
Under the MOU agreement, “The partnership,” explains the release, “will introduce and promote UTM services, operational concepts and workflows tailored to Thailand’s unique needs. It will highlight the benefits that AAM can bring to the different industries such as logistics, emergency services, agriculture, forestry and energy, to name a few.” Adding, “The long-term goal is to establish a baseline UTM system that can be further customised according to the country’s future requirements.”
Assistant Professor Dr. Soemsak Yooyen, the Dean of the International Academy of Aviation Industry, remarked, The partnership will enable us to combine our strengths and expertise to create cutting-edge solutions in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles. We believe that this collaboration will open doors of opportunity for research, development and innovation in the aviation industry.
He continued, “We aim to establish a strong foundation for UTM concepts, operational workflows and technologies to pave the way for the future of aviation in Thailand.”
Heron AirBridge Recent Partnership with Immarsat
Heron AirBridge, is a subsidiary of the Heron Technology Group, a cybersecurity and drone technology services provider from Singapore. It was founded last year. Focussing primarily on Asia, the company is steadily strengthening its presence as part of a mission to foster the adoption of UAS deployment in the region and beyond.
Countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines can equally benefit from the broader use of UAS as Thailand. Located in the centre of the region, Heron AirBridge provides strong, localised support, in its journey to kickstart UTM capabilities and solutions.
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