PLEASANT GROVE — In a scenario that one Utah businessman says is much closer to reality than not, the world will be in need of technology that will ensure our collective safety both for, and from, an explosion of drones expected to be plying the airspace just over our heads.
Utah’s Fortem Technologies Inc. is stepping in to fill that need with innovative micro-radar technology that will help thwart drone-based terror threats as well as coordinate the travels of the 7 million drone craft that are expected to be occupying low-altitude corridors in the next three years, engaged in transporting goods, critical medical supplies, inspecting and monitoring hard-to-reach places and yes, even transporting humans.
Fortem CEO Timothy Bean said his company has developed the “smallest, most compact and highest-performing radar system in the world” in TrueView radar for the small airborne vehicles.
“Drone technology has the ability to automate our society and economy to a level we haven’t seen,” Bean said. “Package delivery, search and rescue, public safety, the agriculture business, infrastructure inspection and so much more will be fundamentally changed … but having the ability to enable safe drone operations beyond line of sight is the holy grail of that effort.”
Fortem’s technology, developed by Bean and partner Adam Gardner, adapted technology they acquired from the U.S. Department of Defense. The team improved and miniaturized a unit that was originally the size of a shoebox to the TrueView product that weighs a pound-and-a-half and is of similar proportions to an average pencil box.
Bean said their tiny radar array can “see” in the dark, through clouds and in inclement weather, something impossible to achieve with alternate systems. It’s also much more precise.
“Radar is very, very accurate,” Bean said. “Optical or radio frequency scanning can be off by 50 to 100 feet.”
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Source:: Deseret News – Business News