Transforming UAV Safety with Cutting-Edge Sensor Fusion

The key to unlocking scalable UAV safety lies in a detect and avoid system that achieves optimal performance without adding bulk or cost. By leveraging radar and off-the-shelf cameras through advanced sensor fusion, we’re poised to bridge this gap, ensuring safety standards are met without compromise.

Tapping into a Massive Market Opportunity

Research forecasts a soaring demand for UAVs in the cargo sector, with over 500,000 vehicles expected to be deployed from 2025-2030. This represents a significant market opportunity, potentially exceeding $100 million in annual revenue, particularly in service models.

Our Innovative Approach

Unlike traditional methods that focus solely on radar or camera-based solutions, we’re pioneering a unique sensor fusion strategy. By combining the strengths of both technologies, we’re developing a lightweight system that aims to meet stringent weight, power, and cost targets—crucial for widespread adoption.

Why Partner with Us?

Our team boasts extensive experience in UAV safety, having successfully launched innovative safety solutions in the past. With world-class expertise in radar, vision technologies, fusion algorithms, AI, and all things autonomous; we’re uniquely positioned to bring reliable Detect and Avoid capabilities to the burgeoning drone delivery market.

Join Us in Shaping the Future of UAV Safety

We invite investment partners, go-to-market collaborators, testing partners, and those interested in evaluating end-to-end use case feasibility to join us in revolutionizing UAV safety. Together, let’s pioneer the next generation of drone technology and ensure safe and efficient integration into our skies.

Download the full presentation below to learn more about transforming UAV Safety with cutting-edge sensor fusion.

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Glucotrack announces increased sensor longevity for its implantable Continuous Blood Glucose Monitor

Computational modelling with TTP plc shows sensor longevity beyond 3 years; 1 year longer than previously announced

Implantable Continuous Blood Glucose Monitor technology could transform lives of patients with diabetes

Rutherford, NJ & Cambridge, UK, April 2, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Glucotrack, Inc. (Nasdaq: GCTK) (“Glucotrack” or the “Company”), a medical device company focused on the design, development, and commercialization of novel technologies for people with diabetes, and The Technology Partnership (“TTP”), today announced the completion of computational modeling for Glucotrack’s implantable Continuous Blood Glucose Monitor (“CBGM”), suggesting sensor longevity beyond three years, a year longer than the Company previously announced.

Glucotrack has engaged TTP for the development of computational modelling, which addresses enzyme longevity for use in long-term implantable electrochemical sensors. This in silico modelling specifically evaluated the expected longevity of the Glucotrack CBGM sensor implementation. The CBGM sensor leverages well-established cardiovascular technology to directly measure blood glucose intravenously, providing more rapid glucose monitoring results without the 15-20-minute lag seen with interstitial glucose sensors.

Previously, Glucotrack had announced a projected sensor longevity of 2+ years. TTP’s modelling confirmed the 2+ year projection, but TTP’s modelling further projects that the Glucotrack CBGM sensor longevity may now be capable of reaching 3+ years. The model developed by TTP captures numerous processes and complex aspects of the sensor function, including the rate of glucose transport in typical in-vivo conditions, the consumption of enzyme, and the impact of reaction components while incorporating appropriate benchtop sensor data.

TTP brings over 35 years of experience in the life science and healthcare sectors to this project, with specific expertise in multiphysics modelling, electrochemical sensor development, and the design and integration of wearable and implantable medical devices. TTP’s knowledge and skills have been instrumental in evaluating and extending the projected longevity of the Glucotrack CBGM sensor.

“TTP is well versed in supporting clients with creating breakthrough medical technology solutions,” said Paul Goode, PhD, CEO of Glucotrack. “This collaboration has enhanced our development program, and the projected increase in sensor longevity to beyond three years further demonstrates that our technology is truly differentiated in the glucose monitoring space. This achievement doesn’t change our commercialization timing but instead paves the way for future generations of our system, which will be a truly long-term CBGM to people living every day with diabetes.”

Chris Dawson, PhD, Head of Biosensing at TTP, said: “We are delighted to be working on this exciting and disruptive technology with Glucotrack. These tremendously promising results, coupled with Glucotrack’s innovative approach to glucose monitoring, means that this technology has the potential to deliver a new way for patients to manage their diabetes with discretion and minimal disruption to their lives.”

For more information about Glucotrack’s CBGM, visit glucotrack.com.

About Glucotrack, Inc.

Glucotrack, Inc. (NASDAQ: GCTK) is focused on the design, development, and commercialization of novel technologies for people with diabetes. The Company is currently developing a long-term implantable continuous blood glucose monitoring system for people living with diabetes.

Glucotrack’s CBGM is a long-term, implantable system that continually measures blood glucose levels with a sensor longevity of 2+ years, no on-body wearable component and with minimal calibration. For more information, please visit http://www.glucotrack.com.

About TTP plc

TTP plc is an internationally respected product and technology development firm based in Cambridge, UK. For over 35 years, clients across a spectrum of industries including health tech, life science, deep tech and clean tech have trusted its deep domain expertise and enabling culture to create valuable new technology and deliver ground-breaking solutions, from first principles, through product design and manufacture to commercialisation.

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TTP join forces with SiliconCatalyst.UK to accelerate UK ChipStart semiconductor start-ups

16th January 2024, Cambridge, UK – Technology development experts TTP and semiconductor focused accelerator SiliconCatalyst.UK are partnering to help fast-track the UK’s most exciting new semiconductor companies’ journey to market. TTP will work with companies at ChipStart UK, a UK government funded semiconductor startup incubator managed and delivered by SiliconCatalyst.UK. By offering the ChipStart UK cohort their mentorship and expertise in bringing new products to market, the companies will benefit from TTP’s multi-decade experience of integrating novel semiconductor devices into difficult real-world use-cases.

The two-year ChipStart UK programme includes eleven companies that are designing chips for use in a wide range of sectors, from brain implants to online security, quantum computing to efficient processors for the training of AI (artificial intelligence) models.  Experienced accelerator SiliconCatalyst.UK will provide bespoke chip design tools, commercial expertise and access to a network of specialist mentors and technology experts such as TTP. 

“TTP offer valuable and unique insights into solving engineering problems, as well as acting as a route to real world applications via their own development programmes, and those of the customers they serve” said Silicon Catalyst.UK CEO Sean Redmond. “Providing this type of expertise and access to real use-cases will help our cohort better tune their product requirements and roadmaps. This is a key benefit for our cohort of companies, that will help accelerate their product development and potentially reduce time to market”

TTP have strong heritage in silicon, including key roles in the development of digital mobile and satellite phones. A more recent focus has been on the development of technologies relating to Edge AI processing, and their integration into systems in areas such UAV detect and avoid and autonomous agricultural robotics.

“We choose to work with companies who are expanding the boundaries of the possible” said Tom Nicholson, AI consultant at TTP. “Right now, some of the most exciting development in AI is happening at the edge – embedded processing that can help AI models make important decisions in the real world, in real time, without a connection to the cloud is the only path to true autonomy. This is an area in which the UK could lead the world, and a key area of interest for both TTP and the ChipStart UK cohort.”

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INNOVX partners with TTP to develop sustainable technologies in Morocco

16th January 2024, Cambridge, UK – INNOVX, a multi-sectorial company affiliated to University Mohammed VI Polytechnic (UM6P) committed to “Pioneering the Next industries”, and UK technology development company TTP, today announce their shared ambition to strengthen the existing collaboration by creating a new venture in Morocco dedicated to developing sustainable solutions based on innovative technologies.

This initiative will support OCP’s ambitious Green Ammonia program, targeting the annual production of 3 million tons of green ammonia mainly dedicated to the production of sustainable plant nutrition solutions by 2032. This new venture will also provide technology development and scale-up to client companies for accelerating the Green Energy transition.

This partnership is backed by a clear vision to strengthen INNOVX’s position in the global green energy landscape.

This partnership goes beyond collaboration. It demonstrates our commitment towards pioneering sustainable energy solutions for the future. With TTP’s technological capabilities by our side, we are building strong foundations for a sustainable industry.

Amine Houssaim
VP Hydrogen Solutions, INNOVX

The partnership also includes the establishment of a TTP branch in Morocco, backed by UM6P facilities and community.

This move not only accelerates the development of sustainable energy technologies in the drive towards net zero but also establishes a technology hub for international collaboration. It will create local career opportunities and build a world-class industrial research and technology commercialization ecosystem.

Sam Hyde
CEO of TTP

About INNOVX

INNOVX is a cross-disciplinary and multisectoral company committed to addressing global sustainability challenges and contributing to Morocco’s technological leadership by “Pioneering the Next industries”.

As a subsidiary of Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), INNOVX combines the fields of venture capital, technology incubation, and business development to design, develop, and scale up innovative, high-performing technological businesses and ecosystems with a strong environmental and social impact.

INNOVX operates in strategic sectors essential to food sovereignty, energy, and digital transition, such as Agriculture, Social Innovation, Energy, Chemicals, and Digital.

For more information, visit their website: Innovx.ma

About TTP

TTP is a leading technology development company. It works with ambitious clients to create breakthrough solutions.  Its services draw on deep domain expertise, in science, engineering, design, test, validation, and transfer-to-manufacture. TTP’s core strength is its ability to manage fast-paced, complex and multi-disciplinary developments from inception through to commercial development.

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Beyond the eyedropper bottle – Three ways to improve adherence

In a recent On Drug Delivery article, Nathan Wilkinson, Catherine Wyman, and Matt Parker dive into the evolving landscape of ophthalmic topical delivery to reflect on some interesting developments in the field.

Here’s a snapshot of the key points:

  • The ophthalmic delivery market is poised for growth, driven by ageing populations and the increasing prevalence of diseases like glaucoma.
  • Eye dropper bottles, the current primary method for ophthalmic delivery, are facing challenges with adherence due to difficulties with aiming, dosing, and patient dexterity.
  • Jetting technologies from companies like Kedalion and Eyenovia are making waves by delivering fluid horizontally, which improves comfort and enables precise dosing.
  • Sustained release products, such as Ocular Therapeutix’s Dextenza® punctal plug, are improving adherence by reducing dosing frequency and disruption.
  • Digital tools can improve adherence, delivering real-time feedback on treatment effectiveness in combination with key bio trackers such as IOP for glaucoma.

The future of ophthalmic delivery is looking bright, with a focus on products that are easy to use, minimize lifestyle disruption, and utilize digital health for adherence tracking, monitoring, and feedback. While each of these innovations comes with its own set of drawbacks, the market is slowly converging on better solutions.

As we navigate these major changes in delivery platforms, business strategies, and digital health, there are ample opportunities to improve adherence, quality of life, and patient outcomes.

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Small farm robots – How to get them moving

In a field just outside Salisbury, England, Tom moves carefully but briskly over rows of wheat plants, examining each set of leaves. Tiny differences between the narrow green stems might indicate that the hated blackgrass has infested the crops, reducing yield and slashing financial returns from this field. If blackgrass is found, this patch might need a dose of herbicide, or a vigorous hoeing.

Such a level of crop care is difficult in a commodity crop like wheat, grown on a vast scale in fields that can stretch to the horizon. That such attentiveness can be shown to the little plants in every part of this field is due to Tom’s inexhaustible patience. That owes much to the fact that Tom is a small farm robot, created by the Small Robot Company (SRC).

Indeed, a number of companies are already developing clever innovations that allow other small farm robots to perform hard farming practices with high precision and low impact. Activities such as planting, watering, spraying, hoeing, weeding, making furrows, monitoring and data collection, and even picking soft fruits, are all falling to automation.

These functional innovations form each of the individual USPs of the robots, but regardless of the function, small farm robots also need to move around the farm to do their jobs. Every one of them will need to solve this autonomy challenge. TTP and SRC have started a collaboration to achieve this.

Autonomous operation is a critical factor in SRC’s market advantage. If one operator can manage a fleet of two, or three… or five robots, then that is a massive benefit to the productivity of the platform and the economics of the business. Autonomy that enables remote oversight with minimal human supervision requires safety systems that can ensure collision avoidance in all conditions.

The work we’re doing with TTP is therefore crucial not just for the safety case but also the business case of our robots.

Laura Parnell
COO, Small Robot Company

Small farm robots for sustainable intensification of food production

Tom counts as a small farm robot even though he is nearly the size of a Mini, at ~1.5m x 1.3m. He is “small” by comparison with the enormous machines typical for sowing, tending and harvesting broadacre crops.

Deliberately created to be lightweight and with large, low-pressure tyres, he can roll over emerging plants without damaging them; with a pressure on the ground that is lower than a human wearing snowshoes, so as to avoid compacting or damaging the soil.

Small farm robots are billed as the answer to many a farmer’s desire to produce more food with fewer chemicals, and less waste, with long term sustainability.

This presents a commercial niche for “sustainable intensification” of food production, which leads to a requirement for better tending of crops. Plant-by-plant crop-care practices that would be more at home in a cottage garden are beginning to be thought of at scale in commercial horticulture – and even in broadacre crops.

SRC are proof that this what the market is demanding, their investors are mostly farmers.

Sketch of autonomous small farm robot

Autonomy is key for the success of innovative agricultural robots

But small farm robots will not deliver for farmers if their developers do not deliver on autonomy, enabling robots to make their way around the farm while recognising and responding to edge cases – the limit of field, a bounding dog, a pylon, hikers, uneven ground, holes – hail or shine.

In a bid to support the industry in the development of safe autonomous robots, a new standard has recently been launched; ISO 18496. This standard specifies the principles for design, verification, and validation of highly automated machines during field operations.

It includes a requirement to design perception systems that mitigate the risks of mis-detection of, for example, obstacles obscured by crops, dust, fog, snow or rain; light, dust or vibrations impacting perception systems; and uneven ground causing the sensing beam to vary as the vehicle pitches and tilts. In understanding what we’re up against, this is a good place to start.

Aerial view of autonomous farm robot working in a field

Solving the challenge together to create autonomous farming robots

Sensor fusion will be part of the answer, combining the input of several sensors (such as cameras, lidar, and radar) to see in different light conditions, overcome dusty and muddy environments, and detect hazards behind foliage.

There are also lessons to be learned from farm robotics innovation to date, as well as from other industries with more experience grappling with autonomy.

SRC are sharing their time, robots and challenges, so we can work collaboratively to address them. We hope this project will grow through more partners, who can also benefit from our autonomous vehicle platform.

We are sharing TTP’s know-how in solving complex challenges in autonomous vehicle perception systems. One example involved optimising lidar performances for bad weather by developing algorithms to correct for laser light absorption, scatter, and reflection in rain and fog. Another looked at innovative cleaning methods to eliminate signal interference from dirt on the sensor.

For the sake of sustainable food production, this is a new industry that needs to learn fast. We too are keen to learn more. We would love to hear from agricultural robot companies who are willing to share their challenges so we can solve them together.

Contact us to find out more.

AccelerComm, Radisys, RFDSP and TTP Partnership Offers 5G LEO Regenerative Base Station Solution to Deliver High-Performance Cellular Service from Space

Companies unveil a LEO Regenerative 5G RAN reference solution architecture

UK, 20th September, 2023: AccelerComm, the Layer 1 5G IP specialists, Radisys® Corporation, a global leader of open telecom solutions including 5G RAN, RFDSP Lower-Phy IP specialists and TTP, an independent technology and product development company based in the UK, today announced that they are jointly formulating a high-performance Regenerative 5G RAN reference solution and architecture based on 3GPP for deployment on low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites. The partnership combines expertise and IP from these companies, together with additional technology from partners, to propose a 5G regenerative gNodeB solution that is tailored to support high-performance 5G services in the challenging environment of a Non-Terrestrial Network (NTN).

In a typical LEO deployment, a constellation of fast-moving satellites covers a wide geographical area using a large number of beams per satellite to cover a multitude of subscribers. The 5G Regenerative NTN solution includes Option-2 split gNB with a distributed unit (DU) on the satellite payload with a ground-based centralized unit (CU) and 5GC. The solution handles unique regenerative NTN-specific requirements of extremely high mobility with frequency re-association between the DU, GW and CU serving a region and large-sized cells spanning multiple countries requiring country-specific CN routing. Moreover, any gNodeB platform for space applications will be highly constrained in size, weight, and power, and must be able to work in a hostile space environment.

The joint LEO Regenerative reference solution will be designed to meet the growing demand for satellite-based eMBB (enhanced Mobile Broadband) and IoT (Internet of Things) services. This makes it an ideal solution for businesses and organizations that need to connect people and devices in remote locations, or for governments looking to provide internet access to all citizens. The solution will support a large number of beams and high subscriber density and will be delivered on a space-hardened platform optimised for low power and size. It includes a range of advanced developments in the areas of beam-to-cell mapping, beam forming, NTN beam management and well-defined interfaces to SATCOM infrastructure.

The O-RAN compliant gNodeB leverages Radisys’ split NTN-capable CU, DU software with AccelerComm’s LEOphy and RFDSP’s Low-Phy, a Layer 1 modem that delivers enhanced performance for low-earth orbit satellite communications combined with TTP’s DFE and Beam Scheduler. Radisys’ CU/DU supports optimized mechanisms for handling signaling load due to high mobility, along with a power-optimized scalable software that manages the varying system requirements of beams and users. LEOphy boasts the lowest error rates, with dedicated features to overcome the specific challenges of NTN channels, such as high path losses, differential delays, Doppler shift, long propagation delays, and rapid fluctuations in signal amplitude and phase caused by atmospheric effects. As a result, it ensures a high-reliability link without having to resort to lower coding rates and low-order modulation schemes, thereby maximising spectral efficiency. TTP’s DFE supports Crest Factor Reduction (CFR) to improve the efficiency of the RF power amplifier and its Beam Scheduler enables optimized beam hopping and switching functionality to maximize network capacity based on real-time traffic demands.

The 5G Regenerative gNodeB is combined for an end-to-end NTN solution, with Radisys’ 5GC, available on Kubernetes container platform and small form-factor x86, ARM, and which can handle both NR-NTN and IoT devices.

“Deploying 5G gNodeB on a LEO satellite payload, brings a unique set of challenges for satellites passing over at extremely high speeds, including large cell coverage optimization, high doppler handling and users’ mobility,” said Munish Chhabra, SVP and General Manager, Software and Services at Radisys. “With onboard regenerative deployments, the complexities compound. Onboard power and resource constraints require low compute, storage footprint CU, DU software and performance-efficient beam hopping that goes beyond 3GPP specifications. Radisys is excited to partner with AccelerComm, RFDSP and TTP to define and develop an NTN solution addressing the regenerative gNodeB challenges and enable their customers to deploy LEO constellation satellite services.”

“There has been an explosion in interest around combining satellite and traditional mobile communications systems,” said Rob Barnes, Chief Marketing Officer at AccelerComm. “However, for satellite 5G to be truly successful there are a number of performance and efficiency challenges which have to be overcome. Solving these requires building on the existing 3GPP technologies to create a tailored solution built to deal with the unique challenges of operating around a thousand kilometres from Earth at speeds of over 7km per second, all while dealing with power and resource constraints. We are delighted to be working with our partners Radisys, RFDSP and TTP to develop this high-performance solution which will open-up a whole new market for delivering 5G services from space.”

“A 5G NTN LEO regenerative gNodeB deployment presents unique challenges when compared to Terrestrial gNodeB. In order to serve the number of beams and support the density of subscribers required, the gNodeB will have to be heavily optimised and tightly integrated with the overall payload functionality.” Said Peter Kibutu, TTP’s Advanced Technology Lead NTN. “TTP is pleased to partner with AccelerComm, RFDSP and Radisys to define a highly scalable and low power gNodeB solution, that will enable LEO operators to efficiently deliver 5G NTN services.”

“Recognizing the growing demand for 5G physical layers for non-terrestrial applications and their unique requirements, based on our conformance-tested 5G NR low PHY for terrestrial networks, we built a fully-featured 5G low PHY solution for NTN including a unified interface with high PHY for both options 6 and 7.2x, Doppler shift compensation, digital front-end design, beamforming, and control of multiple simultaneous beams for maximal spectral efficiency,” said Prof. Ping Liang, founder and CEO of RF DSP Inc. “We are happy to be a part of the 5G NTN ecosystem.”

About TTP

TTP provides independent system’s expertise to enable Satellite operators to adopt the 5G NTN technology, covering areas such as end-to-end system specification, and the development, integration and testing of key components for both the 5G radio access network and user terminal ecosystem.

TTP has been a trusted partner in wireless technology and connected product innovation since the development of the first digital mobile phones. Today, we help our customers to create new products and technologies that enable connected enterprise, technologies that enhance mobility through connectivity, new interfaces between humans and technology, and technologies that learn and communicate.

From understanding a market opportunity, through concept generation to detailed realisation, we undertake all stages of technology, product and service development. Our customers benefit from the experience gained through 30 years of successful project delivery in fields as diverse as body-implanted devices; critical communications for emergency services; IoT solutions for industry transformation; broadband to aircraft and satellite communication systems.

About AccelerComm

AccelerComm provides complete physical layer IP solutions which enable optimal performance of 5G radio access networks and solves the challenges that would otherwise limit the throughput, latency, and spectral efficiency of 5G, by mitigating the effects of noise, interference and poor signal strength. The company is active in a number of industry associations including the O-RAN ALLIANCE and Small Cell Forum. Visit www.accelercomm.com or follow @AccelerComm on Twitter.

About Radisys

Radisys is a global leader in open telecom solutions and services. Its disaggregated platforms and integration services leverage open reference architectures and standards combined with open software and hardware, enabling service providers to drive open digital transformation. Radisys offers an end-to-end solutions portfolio from digital endpoints, to disaggregated and open access and core solutions, to immersive digital applications and engagement platforms. Its world-class and experienced network services organization delivers full lifecycle services to help service providers build and operate highly scalable and high-performance networks at optimum total cost of ownership. Visit www.Radisys.com.

About RF DSP

RF DSP Inc provides high-performance 5G and 4G low PHY, O-RAN eCPRI fronthaul, complete NB-IoT PHY (high and low PHY) FPGA IPs for terrestrial and non-terrestrial networks (NTN), O-RAN M-plane software, and design services to enable customers to quickly bring to market split 6 or 7.2x Open RAN products. Our O-RU IP includes O-RAN CUS-planes supporting multiple bands, multiple component carriers, mixed numerologies, and MIMO beamforming. Our O-RU reference design includes M-plane software and a PHY-layer end-to-end System Development Environment for O-RAN (O-RAN SDE) to support the development and conformance testing of O-RU products. We also provide optimized NTN solutions that support large Doppler frequency shift compensation, beam control and management for maximal spectral efficiency through spatial multiplexing. Visit www.rfdsp.com.

Introducing Gotonomi™: A New Generation of Small and Lightweight UAV Satellite Terminals

TTP and Viasat to herald launch of UAV safety platform at Commercial UAV Expo. Gotonomi inviting flight trial partners for compact UAV satellite terminals, enabling BVLOS operations for drone operators. 

Cambridge, UK, 23rd August, 2023: Today, technology developer TTP plc announce the launch of Gotonomi at the upcoming Commercial UAV Expo in Las Vegas. With the aim of seeding the market, Gotonomi will offer low size, weight and power satellite terminals for uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) as flight trial development kits to partners. The terminals will be compatible with Viasat’s Velaris™ global connectivity solution, and have been developed as part of the revolutionary Iris air traffic modernisation programme, led by the European Space Agency (ESA) and powered by Viasat’s ELERA satellite network.  

Velaris provides secure communications for commercial UAVs to fly Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) and seamlessly integrate with aircraft in commercial airspace. It allows operators to send their UAVs on long-distance flights and access various applications, such as real-time monitoring, to ensure safe integration with air traffic.  

Once connected to the Velaris service, Gotonomi’s terminals will offer an always-available 200kbps secure datalink between vehicles, remote operators and UAV Traffic Management (UTM) systems. Users can choose between three initial variants: 

•        Velaris 200 – satcom only, fully integrated antenaa

•        Velaris Module – satcom only core module

•        Velaris Multi-link Module – satcom core module and LTE hybrid terminal with edge computer.

With hybrid connectivity, users have the benefit of low latency, high-speed 4G communications backed by a resilient satellite connection almost anywhere on the planet – providing seamless connectivity through the intelligent routing of data.  

Tristan Barkley, Head of Satellite and Space at TTP said “We want Gotonomi to play a lead role in growing the ecosystem of resilient universal communications for autonomous vehicle safety, offering cutting edge products made possible by TTP know-how.” 

It’s exciting to see TTP launch Gotonomi to service the huge potential that this market has to offer. Backed by the engineering expertise of TTP, and using our highly resilient Velaris service, Gotonomi customers will have a unique combination of long-range communications capability onboard their UAVs.

Anthony Spouncer
Viasat’s Senior Director of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)

Alongside satellite terminals, Gotonomi aims to play a key role in developing the market for safety products and services across a range of autonomous and remotely piloted vehicles on land, sea and air. For example, systems that will aid detect and avoid (DAA) – a key element for the safe operation of UAVs in commercial airspace. 

To find out how to become a flight trial partner and for more information go to www.gotonomi.com. We’ll be exhibiting on booth 717 at Commercial UAV Expo, September 5-7th, 2023, Caesars Forum, Las Vegas, USA. 

About Gotonomi

Gotonomi’s mission is to enable always on-connectivity for autonomous and remotely piloted vehicles, making safe and scalable beyond visual line of sight operations a reality. We have a vision to create a complete toolbox for safe autonomous operation on land sea and air. Our disruptive miniaturised communication system, designed by TTP, will bring satellite and cellular connectivity to smaller and lighter-weight UAVs. Our technology will enable command and control for BVLOS safety, telemetry, data services, voice and video streaming.

About TTP

TTP is a technology and product development services company based in the Cambridge (UK) technology cluster. For 35 years the company was delivering science & technology driven innovation to clients in a wide range of sectors, including aerospace, where we are working with global leaders who benefit from TTP’s exposure to other industry sectors and technologies. TTP’s focus areas in the space sector include:

•          User terminals and antennas for satellite connectivity, including for UAVs

•          5G Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN)

•          Intersatellite links

•          Space sustainability solutions.

TTP has extensive experience in the development of terrestrial and satellite communication solutions – from system level down to devices, from VHF to V-band, from land-based equipment to aeronautical and space-based platforms.

About Viasat

Viasat is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. With offices in 24 countries around the world, our mission shapes how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the world communicate and connect. Viasat is developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, reliable, secure, affordable, fast connections to positively impact people’s lives anywhere they are—on the ground, in the air or at sea, while building a sustainable future in space. On May 30, 2023, Viasat completed its acquisition of Inmarsat, combining the teams, technologies and resources of the two companies to create a new global communications partner.

One woman’s journey into neurotech: meet Hannah Claridge, TTP’s Head of Neurotechnology 

Hannah Claridge, Head of Neurotechnology at TTP, sat down with Rachel Lee and Ciara Sejour, the young tech enthusiasts behind the podcast Luminexus. They talked about how Hannah got started in science, what drew her to neurotechnology and what keeps her motivated during the long process of bringing a new product to market. Here’s what Rachel and Ciara found out about her exciting career! 

How did Hannah get started in science and technology?  

Even at school, Hannah was always fascinated by science, from particle physics to cosmology. This curiosity took her all the way to Oxford University for a degree in Physics. There she discovered how science can improve people’s lives and that her interest lay not solely in studying the universe for its own sake, but in the medical applications of science. However, she felt that medicine itself was not for her. Instead, she found that there were many more career paths available to her that utilize her strength in physics than she could have imagined. 

Hannah decided to do her final year project on brain imaging, which led to a PhD at the Oxford Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain (FMRIB). She loved her research into non-invasive ways of measuring blood flow and oxygen metabolism because it allowed her to use her skills in physics and had important implications for helping patients. For example, it helped clarify the kind of treatment they might need after a stroke, and also provided insights into what distinguishes the onset of dementias like Alzheimer’s from normal and healthy ageing.  

What drew Hannah into commercial applications of tech? 

By the second half of her PhD studies, Hannah could see that the benefits of this work would only come many years into the future. She yearned to work on something that might have a more immediate impact, and began to look for a career that was closer to bringing new treatments to market.

That’s when Hannah came across TTP, and was excited by its work helping other companies create the next generation of medical devices. So, she joined TTP and has never looked back. Her work has involved developing everything from drug delivery devices like inhalers and auto-injectors to devices for measuring things like blood pressure. More recently, as Head of Neurotechnology, Hannah has been focussing on implanted devices to help relieve chronic pain, to deal with the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and much more.

How does an idea become a commercial reality?

In contrast to working as a doctor, or as a scientist in a university, Hannah’s work also has a strong focus on the commercial side of things. If a product is really going to help those it’s intended for, the manufacturer has to be able to make money from it. Even a technically brilliant solution to a medical problem won’t help anyone if the company goes bust before getting it to market. That means Hannah has to have a head for business as well as science.  

The process begins with identifying a need and a possible solution, and then working out if that solution is both technically and commercially viable. This is called proof of concept. It’s an extensive process, typically involving computer models and animal studies before the solution is even tried in human patients. But when it does get there eventually, that’s when all the hard work begins to pay off! Some of the devices Hannah has worked on at TTP have already made it into the clinic, and she looks forward to the day when the first brain implant her team has worked on helps the first patients.  

What keeps Hannah motivated?

What keeps Hannah motivated is being part of a great team with brilliant clients. Everyone pulls together to help one another and to make steady progress. A big part of the product development cycle is running user studies to find out what potential users of a product want and need, and how they might benefit from it. Hannah finds this kind of feedback very encouraging because it helps her see the real impact her work can have – the very thing that has motivated her from the beginning of her career.  

What advice does Hannah have for aspiring young scientists like Rachel and Ciara? 

It all begins with curiosity. Hannah advises young women who constantly question how things work to keep learning and even conduct their own experiments to cultivate their curiosity. Even in a field like neurotech, it’s possible to buy relatively cheap EEG kits and play around with them – the beginning of experimentation. She also points to resources like Neurotechx.com and OpenBCI, where anyone can find links to training resources and information about hackathons. Some universities are even putting on events like drone races where you control drones with EEG headsets. So, there are lots of fun ways of getting into neurotechnology.  

Hannah believes young women like Rachel and Ciara can flourish in STEM just as she has done. Gender does not have to be a barrier, any more than ethnicity, nationality or other forms of diversity. She knows that many companies like TTP and the innovative firms her team works with need fantastic scientists of all backgrounds, as long as they are impatient to make a difference. 

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BVLOS for UAVs: Technical and regulatory pieces start to come together at TTP workshop

TTP’s 2023 “Talk to the Eye in the Sky” workshop, co-organised with Cambridge Wireless, showed how the drone industry and regulators are making progress towards enabling routine Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations.

Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) has long been a key topic in the drone industry because, commercially speaking, it’s what will allow the industry to take off. Possible applications range from much talked about last-mile delivery, to more near-term infrastructure inspection and medical delivery in remote areas.

BVLOS will massively improve the scalability of UAV operations and enable several commercial use cases. But existing regulations do not accommodate routine BVLOS operations. In the UK, for example, BVLOS permits are currently time-limited in segregated airspace, and regulators are working to develop new rules to accommodate the commercial opportunity.

At TTP, we are taking a keen interest in this regulatory evolution, because it will play a large part in defining the capabilities of the technologies that will eventually enable autonomous drone operations at scale. We, therefore, began our workshop with a presentation by a regulator.

Edward Fitzpatrick, Regulatory Innovation Specialist, spoke about the importance of the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) accords to BVLOS as a regulatory priority. He explained how the Authority works with the industry through its Innovation Advisory Services and Regulatory Sandbox.

“We are on a pathway to BVLOS Integration,” he said outlining the Authority’s current work to develop regulatory frameworks to enable “specific category” BVLOS operations in non-segregated airspace – meaning operations other than those that present the lowest risk to third parties.

The CAA is currently finalising a policy concept for an “Accommodation” phase leading from the segregation to the integration of UAV with conventional aircraft operations, he said.

Is there a schedule to move through all three stages from segregation, through accommodation, to the eventual integration of UAVs? Fitzpatrick was tight-lipped — but a regulatory sandbox for the BVLOS accommodation airspace policy concept was published shortly after the workshop.

From Electronic Conspicuity to Detect-and-Avoid

Gavin Goudie’s presentation about the BVLOS trials Blue Bear Systems Research Ltd undertakes at their facility near Bedford and the National BVLOS Experimentation Centre (NBEC), which runs from there to Cranfield Airport, included some memorable examples of the variety of airspace users, from military aircraft to student pilots, and the unpredictability of the air traffic UAVs will have to contend with during BVLOS operations.

Electronic Conspicuity (EC) will definitely be required, although we don’t know yet how effective this can be in mitigating collision risks, he said. But in aviation it’s difficult to guarantee that everybody will comply with Electronic Conspicuity mandates at all times (not to mention birds), so Detect and Avoid (DAA) capability will be inevitably required for last-resort tactical airspace deconfliction.

Radar can be part of the solution to detect airspace users that do not use EC. In automotive Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), radar already has a track record as an obstacle detection technology. As Steve Clark’s presentation for Cambridge Sensoriis showed, the technology is mature enough to miniaturise radar-based DAA solutions to determine the location and relative velocity of obstacles in the flight path of UAVs. As a localisation technology, he also demonstrated how ground-based secondary radars can enable drone landing with inch-perfect precision.

Command and Control

Further presentations pieced together the multiple layers of communications required for 99.999% available Command and Control (C2), through terrestrial, satellite, peer-to-peer links, or high-altitude platform stations (HAPS).

Neal Unitt-Jones from Stratospheric Platforms Ltd Platforms described their HAPS platform in development and the potential connectivity gaps it can fill when it becomes commercially available. Although HAPS have not seen widespread adoption so far, Neal made the case that this would change with the power density of liquid hydrogen being key to their techno-commercial success.

Dave Pankhurst described how, in the last few years, drones have become a key area of focus for BT Group. This is clear from the involvement in the Future Flight Challenge and investment in leading UTM providers such as Altitude Angel. Ofcom’s announcement to enable 4G and 5G to be used for drones has given a boost to this, and BT has launched a drone e-sim on the back of this to tackle the key issues of base station interference and coverage.

Jon Holmes from Inmarsat talked about the role of satellite communications for both C2 and payload communications. He talked about the technology journey of miniaturisation from early large satellite terminals installed on general aviation to the innovative low SWaP-C hybrid UAV terminal being developed with TTP.

Steve Hutt rounded off the talks with a presentation on uAvionix Corporation’s low SWaP-C UAS C2 systems, which demonstrate the benefits of integrating L-band SATCOM, terrestrial C-band, and 4G connectivity. Built on these, the C2 Communication Service Provider (C2CSP) model provides simple access to resilient multi-datalink C2.

The US state of North Dakota, through its Vantis programme, is developing C2CSP infrastructure and business models to offer a “state service” that BVLOS drone operators can subscribe to, instead of each having to buy, build and operate their own dedicated C2 ground infrastructure.

Will BVLOS fly?

Much of the discussion during the day focused on commercial applications and the challenges inconspicuous and uncooperative airspace users present to BVLOS operations.

If not last-mile delivery to your front door – owing to the safety challenges presented by, never mind by aircraft, but by inconspicuous and uncooperative humans – what will be the first commercial use cases for BVLOS?

Another recurring question was: Until fully capable DAA solutions exist and have the backing of regulators, what will be the role of Electronic Conspicuity and airspace licensing in enabling BVLOS?

“If we can unlock regulation to enable BVLOS in time, we could see tens of thousands of commercial drones in markets such as long linear inspection, agriculture, or uncrewed long-distance cargo delivery”, said Vidhya Sridhar, TTP plc’s Autonomous Technology Lead. “That is why it is important for the industry to work with regulators to influence and put in place the right set of enablers.”

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