Altitude Angel Launches Prism Detect

Altitude Angel Launches Prism Detect for Airspace Awareness

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian J. McNabb

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Altitude Angel, a UK based UTM (Unified Traffic Management) provider recently announced the launch of a new division, Prism Detect, which will utilize its ARROW network of ground-based scanners to provide customers who need advanced, unified awareness capabilities to allow for detection of both crewed and uncrewed aircraft. The ARROW network is fully integrated with Altitude Angel’s UTM platform, GuardianUTM, which processes and “fuses” the real-time data to create a “single-source-point-of-truth”, an ultra-high resolution real time moving map of the low-altitude sky.

As a program, the goal of Prism Detect is to enable managers of sensitive real estate or critical infrastructure with complete awareness of all airspace operators within range of the towers, which can be temporary, mobile, or fixed installations. Altitude Angel highlights the flexibility of this approach- unlike many competitors, Prism Detect can easily adapt to varied topography and can either be sized-up or down depending on the client’s needs. Furthermore, because of its integration with the broader GuardianUTM infrastructure, Prism Detect can also accurately differentiate between authorized and unauthorized incursions, allowing for educated decisionmaking. This kind of flexibility makes the product a good fit for large events like concerts or sports matches, where authorized UAVs operated in support of the event can safely operate while unauthorized drones can quickly be identified as potential foes.

Richard Parker, Altitude Angel, CEO and founder, said, “Prism Detect will give those with responsibility for critical infrastructure, sensitive real-estate, or outdoor sport and entertainment venues, unparalleled visibility into the sky above. By providing clear intelligence as to who, or what, is operating in the airspace means appropriate and proportionate decisions can be made swiftly and with confidence. Today, facilities worldwide can avail of a variety of often independent sensors, each telling only a single chapter of the story and offer little to no actual intelligence to distinguish between authorised and unauthorised traffic. If the world is to welcome drones, then the world needs Prism Detect to help it make sense of the data.”

Observers might recognize the ARROW technology and GuardianUTM from its use in the “World’s Largest Drone Superhighway”, Project Skyway, which is currently developing over 165 miles of interconnected drone airspace above Reading, Oxford, Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Coventry, and Rugby. More information on Altitude Angel and their new Prism Detect program is available here.

Ian McNabb is a staff writer based in Boston, MA. His interests include geopolitics, emerging technologies, environmental sustainability, and Boston College sports.


Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles focused on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry.  Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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