Neuron uses Hedera network for drone radar system
by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby
Aviation technology leader Neuron has used the Hedera network, the leading corporate-class public ledger for the decentralized economy, in a UK government-sponsored trial to demonstrate the ability to control the movements of military, corporate and government drones after exiting safe to track visual line of sight. The trials, which took place at Port Montrose, Scotland on April 29, 2021, and at Cranfield University in October 2021, used sensors to track the drones and record flight data through the Hedera Consensus Service. Neuron’s aim is to offer a decentralized platform for mobility solutions such as drones, air taxis, autonomous vehicles and ground robots. This is to be achieved by connecting sensors, vehicles and management systems into a trusted network that can be used for data exchange, recording of records and possibly even decision making.
“So far, drones have had limited use to governments and private companies because they couldn’t be safely flown out of sight and therefore couldn’t be used for long-distance delivery, transportation or inspection,” said Neuron CCO Niall Greenwood. “With this study, which uses the Hedera Consensus Service, we have enabled long-haul unmanned flights with drones using safety-critical aviation infrastructure. Every flight generates millions of data points that no other public ledger could log and order correctly quickly enough. By using the Hedera Consensus Service, we can collect, save and order this data immediately, which is provided by a real-time “radar system” for drones. “
The drone radar system
Neuron sensors monitor the location and direction of each drone. The Hedera Consensus Service then records the data of each drone flight in Hedera’s decentralized public ledger.
The study was sponsored by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and was part of a series of tests researching drone applications. Neuron’s attempt succeeded in demonstrating tracking of drone flights once they were out of sight, so that the drones can safely and safely fly longer distances.
Neuron is committed to integrating its solution for all use cases to revolutionize industries and supply chains in the UK and internationally. Healthcare use cases include remote medical testing, transporting medical supplies and equipment, and Covid-19 test kits, as demonstrated on-demand across the UK.
The Hedera Consensus Service is already being used in the UK by Everyware and the NHS to track the cold storage of COVID-19 vaccines, in the Middle East through the use of MVC for their drug track-and-trace system in Bahrain and in the United States through its collaboration with SAFE and Acoer to provide COVID-19 track and trace systems for Arizona State University, the E&I Cooperative, and large corporations.
“Through this study, Neuron has demonstrated an exceptional performance in enabling unmanned drones to safely exist in the sky,” said Mance Harmon, CEO and co-founder of Hedera Hashgraph. “The Hedera Consensus Service enables drones to be used to transport critical equipment over long distances, which has enormous implications, especially in the areas of healthcare and national security. We look forward to continuing Hedera’s work in these sectors, especially after our remarkable partnerships with Everyware and Hala Systems, and seeing different industries recognize the benefits of the Hedera Consensus Service. “
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Ian attended the Dominican University of California, where he received a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he now contributes to DroneLife.