ANRA collaborate with ANA and other partners to enter Japanese Market

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ANRA Technologies together with All Nippon Airways (ANA), BIRD INITIATIVE, NEC Corporation and other partners announce drone operations and relevant use cases in Wakkanai City in Japan using ANRA SmartSkies airspace and delivery management software platforms that was launched in August this year.

SmartSkies SORA is a fully integrated Specified Operations Risk Assessment capability that enables pilots to perform a risk assessment for operations in the ‘specific’ category per European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulations. 

The announcement is showcasing ANRA’s airspace management and drone delivery software platforms as part of a project led by NEDO (National Institute of New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization) to develop a drone traffic management system for multiple drone operators to fly in the same airspace safely.

Over the past few years, NEDO has been conducting R&D on integrated traffic management to create a blueprint for a nationwide traffic management system. Demonstrations in this project include drone-based logistics, infrastructure inspection and disaster response use cases.

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In decentralized UTM, it is vital to coordinate and negotiate the airspace used between operators to avoid collisions between drones. The project utilizes automatic negotiation AI technology, which is being researched and developed with RIKEN and Industrial Technology Research Institute, and digital twin technology, which is being researched with the National Institute of Informatics.

As part of the project, ANA, in cooperation with Municipal Wakkanai Hospital and Ein Pharmacy, is experimenting with prescription drug delivery using a drone to remote disconnected areas.

For this project, ANRA’s SmartSkies CTR UTM platform is connected to a central Flight Information Management System (FIMS) and exercises both federated and centralized UTM architectures. 

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