In an announcement this week, Skyfire Consulting shared news of its official partnership with AeroVigilance. Skyfire is a consulting group focused on public safety UAS (uncrewed aircraft systems). AeroVigilance offers consulting and training services for counter-UAS. Both companies are platform-agnostic.
Through the partnership, these two companies are now able to offer training via industry experts and customized technology solutions to clients. They also provide mentor support as well as assistance with policies and procedures.
A spokesperson for Skyfire provided detailed information about the new partnership in an emailed statement to Avionics International. “With our AeroVigilance partnership, we can now help organizations begin to develop their airspace awareness programs, policies, procedures, and training,” the company representative shared.
“If our clients are seeking a technical solution, we can work with them to develop their user requirements and find technologies that meet their needs as well as stay within [the current] legal and regulatory framework.”
Skyfire provides “offensive drone solutions to clients, like FAA regulatory support, training, critical infrastructure guidance and [is] a part of the majority of the Drone First Responder (DFR) programs in public safety across the country,” the spokesperson added.
“Adding counter-UAS to Skyfire’s already robust suite of offerings is a natural next step, and something that will benefit our clients immediately. With increased adoption of offensive initiatives like drone first responder programs, partnering with an organization led by two of the most experienced C-UAS experts adds a complete 360-degree approach to security not currently offered in the market.” – Matt Sloane, Skyfire founder and CEO
AeroVigilance launched the C-UAS Hub, an online hub in November 2022 for jobs, vendors, products, services, news, and resources related to counter-UAS and airspace awareness. Just this week, the C-UAS Hub posted news of Black Sage Technologies, a platform provider of counter-UAS and security solutions, which was awarded a U.S. Air Force indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract worth $900 million. Black Sage’s team will conduct rapid technology development over the next five years.
Tom Adams, co-founder of AeroVigilance, remarked in the announcement about the partnership with Skyfire, “AeroVigilance is currently the only company bringing extensive urban homeland security Counter-UAS experience to the private and public-safety sector, and we’re thrilled to serve the large network Skyfire has built during the past decade.”
In addition to AeroVigilance, Skyfire is also partnering with Textron Systems to offer useful data on UAS for public safety agencies and Drone First Responder programs. Matt Sloane, founder and CEO of Skyfire, shared with Avionics, “We specialize in getting the right tools to the public safety agencies, the right hardware, software, and regulatory approvals.”
Sloane added, “Public safety pilots are really good at flying the drones and getting the data in an immediate fashion, but they don’t take it beyond the immediate. They’re great at collecting the data but they don’t really leverage it in a novel way.”
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