Thomas Wana, CTO & Co-Founder of Dimetor

Welcome to GUTMA’s Meet Our Members interview series in which we feature a different member every month.

This month we spoke to Thomas Wana, CTO & Co-Founder of Dimetor. Thanks Thomas for taking the time to share some interesting insights into Dimetor.

Dimetor brings together significant experience in the aviation, mobile network and software engineering domains to deliver a highly scalable solution to streamline the flight planning and control processes for UAV BVLOS operations. 

One of the ways they facilitate this is through their connectivity platform, AirborneRF. AirborneRF connects cellular networks with aviation systems in four key way:

  • Connecting cellular networks with FIMS, CIS, USSP, USS, UTM, and ATM platforms.
  • Providing maximum scalability by Cloud-native micro-services
  • Automating the data exchange and processes for BVLOS drone operations by Machine learning solutions.
  • Creating safe data exchange solution by ensuring that no critical details are exposed at any time.

Thomas explains: 

“AirborneRF software integrates with the cellular network operators so that they can provide the required information to the aviation management systems. We see more and more new business opportunities coming up where BVLOS operations are a must. We are currently involved in projects to build a connected infrastructure at scale for customers embarking upon these new opportunities.”

The platform presents a huge opportunity to scale and operationalise every-day BVLOS flights and Thomas believes that interoperable UTM is critical to being able to scale these operations.

When we asked Thomas about a recent UTM related project the company is involved in, he shared a few highlights about the European Union funded SESAR U-Space Integration research project, ‘GOF 2.0 Integrated Urban Airspace Validation’, which launched this month. 

In 2019, the first GOF project highlighted the importance of building a scalable U-Space architecture and of ensuring that the market is interoperable and open. Including authority oversight, the purpose was to enable the sharing of safety-related information easily.

GOF 2.0 will build on this to safely, securely and sustainably demonstrate operational validity of serving combined Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL), and manned operations. The project specifically focuses on creating a unified, dense urban airspace using existing cellular networks to connect to Air Traffic Management (ATM) and U-Space services and systems.

“A key part of the project is to show that cellular connectivity is a technology enabler for safe, efficient and reliable traffic management of all aircraft at a low level. Communication service providers (CSPs) are uniquely positioned to provide that data to the ecosystem and AirborneRF enables this transfer of data via our leading data processing and sharing solution.”

Thomas also shared with us that Dimetor is looking to work with early adopters in the UTM space. They are especially interested in building relationships with UAV operators to develop further business cases and added value services for costumers wanting to use BVLOS drones at scale.

Find out more about Thomas Wana and Dimetor through LinkedIn, or visit AirborneRF’s website to learn more about the Dimetor and AirborneRF.

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