Northern Irish cybersecurity specialist Angoka will play a central role in a transport revolution.
The Belfast-based firm has partnered with a number of projects under the UK’s Future Flight Challenge for research and innovation, where air traffic corridors in the south of England have been designated for drones and unmanned aircraft. Angoka provides anti-piracy security for automated, remotely operated and unmanned aircraft using these corridors.
Angoka President Steve Berry explained, “We’ve all seen those movies where they have highways of flying ‘cars’ in the sky, zipping effortlessly through cities. These are now becoming a reality and Angoka is at the heart of the revolution.
The projects, which include the PORTAL, ALIAS and Skyway partnership, are part of the Future Flight Challenge which is now in phase three after significant progress.
The Future Flight Challenge aims to bring together the technologies of electrification, aviation systems and autonomy to create new modes of air transport.
Angoka’s innovative technologies are unique to remotely operated vehicles and drones that are used for commercial and logistical purposes, including unmanned medical deliveries, site inspections, geographic surveys, search and rescue operations and support emergency services.
Yuri Andersson, CEO of Angoka Ltd, continued: “Our company’s role in ensuring the robustness and security of communications between connected devices is critical to the successful, safe and secure operation of automated, remotely operated and unmanned aircraft. We are moving faster than ever to commercialize automated flight in many industries ranging from search and rescue to logistics and traffic management. Angoka’s communication protocols critically ensure that the information transmitted between the aircraft and the operator is secure and cyber-resistant.
Gary Cutts, Director of Future Flight Challenge at UK Research and Innovation, added: “This phase of Future Flight is not just about developing new forms of aerial vehicles. It is also about developing the cross-cutting technologies needed to support unmanned airspace systems. Angoka, collaborating with companies in the ALIAS project and in the PORTAL project, is working to combine the best emerging technologies needed to allow unmanned aircraft to integrate safely into the existing airspace system. They pave the way for the creation of a future airspace that will benefit everyone.