Lausanne, Switzerland: In its vision to enable a sky where drones safely fly alongside manned aviation, INVOLI launches the sales of first Remote Identification (Remote ID) compatible drone tracker: KIVU.
At only 22 grams, KIVU is the lightest drone tracker on the market, it has 2 hours of battery autonomy and it is self-sufficient with an embedded chargeable battery, being also rugged and particularly easy-to- use. KIVU is available for sale on the INVOLI web shop (www.involi.com) and includes a license for the INVOLI.live platform.
The advantage of the bundle with INVOLI.live is that KIVU users will be able to visualize at the same time the tracked drone and surrounding air traffic, while benefitting from all the other advantages of the platform, such as dynamic geofencing around the drone, precise analytics tools and actionable insights.
“Our first trials with the INVOLI tracker were successful. It’s light enough to be used with our drones without causing any interference with our system’s communication, while delivering an accurate position in INVOLI’s platform. We were very happy with it!” stated Andrea Blindenbacher from senseFly.
KIVU is the first drone tracker on the market to comply with the Remote ID standard created by ASTM, one of the largest voluntary standards developing organizations in the world. KIVU will act like a “license plate” of the drone in the sky, broadcasting its unique ID and GPS position to other users of the sky and thus allowing drones equipped with KIVU to comply to the European Laws which require to transmit this information during the whole flight.
“Continuously tracking your drone with KIVU while checking your surroundings for potential collisions on a single platform helps minimizing risks in flight, even beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) – that is what KIVU and INVOLI.live bring to clients. But KIVU is an important product not only from the tracking perspective, but also because of its capability to enable Remote ID applications, which is an important aspect of drones’ integration into the air traffic around the world” said Manu Lubrano, CEO and Co-Founder of INVOLI. He added: “We take this opportunity to also raise an important signal about how intensely the drone industry has been working these past years and how the technology reached a level where it may be used during these delicate times that we are now all living.
There are many drone applications which could be extremely useful to fight epidemics or to ensure respect of the rules, such as spraying disinfectants or broadcasting messages, and we hope the public will soon benefit from all these opportunities.”
The tracker takes its name after Lake Kivu Challenge beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone competition (www.africadroneforum.org), in Rwanda, where it was successfully used for the first time in February this year – each drone participating in this ambitious competition was equipped with a KIVU drone tracker, and feeding the Altitude Angel UTM allowed the teams to follow the flights in real-time and to stay safe.