The Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) is responsible for aviation development and the supervision of civil aviation activities in Switzerland. The FOCA is part of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) and is charged with ensuring that the high safety standards in civil aviation in Switzerland are maintained, and with pursuing a policy of sustainable development.
FOCA, as the part of the proceeds from the mineral oil tax is supporting projects related to innovative air transport focused on safety, security and environment, including uncrewed technologies.
Dimetor, the creator of AirborneRF, in collaboration with Sunrise GmbH was selected to work in partnership with the Swiss FOCA on a project to operationalize a dynamic assessment of air & ground risk for drone operations to support and digitize SORA authorization in Switzerland. The project main goal is to leverage information available at Mobile Network Operators systems in regard to dynamic airspace connectivity and population density for strategic and tactical risk assessment in an automated process.
“Sunrise, driving innovations also into the digital airspace is very proud to be part of this outstanding project, making future drone services not only safe, but a reality at scale in Switzerland” says Alexander Lehrmann, Director New Business Development and Innovation at Sunrise.
“We see Switzerland as a fast moving and innovative country in the drone space. During the last couple of years, the Swiss FOCA was leading in Europe on drone related initiatives, such as remote ID and U-space. We are extremely pleased to collaborate with Sunrise to develop together a solution to streamline and digitalize the SORA risk assessment process “says Thomas Wana, Co-founder and CTO at Dimetor, creator of AirborneRF.
For more information about the FOCA drone initiatives, visit their website here:
Sunrise LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Global, is the largest private telecommunications company in Switzerland. Sunrise offers industry leading mobile, Internet, TV and fixed network services for private and business customers. With its leading hybrid fiber network including one of the world’s best mobile networks, Sunrise provides giga speeds to more than 90% of Swiss households. Sunrise offers the best Internet (PC Broadband Benchmark 2021) and the Sunrise mobile network is the only mobile network in Switzerland to have been awarded the highest rating of “OUTSTANDING” 6 times in a row. Sunrise offers the fastest and largest 5G network in Switzerland in terms of the combination of 5G rollout and 5G data rates, according to the connect mobile network test (issue 1/2022). As of September 2022, more than 1100 cities/locations are covered with high-speed 5G (up to 2 Gbit/s) and more than 96 % of the Swiss population with basic 5G (up to 1 Gbit/s). With its hybrid fiber network combining fixed and mobile networks, Sunrise is the leading broadband Internet provider in Switzerland and at the end of the 2nd quarter of 2022 had almost 3.117 m mobile customers, 1.234 m broadband customers and 1.283 m TV customers (RGUs). Sunrise offers a dynamic and international environment where every voice is heard, perspectives are shared, and values are respected. As an equal opportunity employer, it is crucial to have a diverse workforce. Employees from over 70 nations, representing many different languages and religions, contribute to the expertise, innovative thinking, and extraordinary commitment that helps Sunrise succeed and reflects the diversity of its customers.
Dimetor is a software company bridging the data gap between communications service providers (CSPs) and the aviation eco-systems. Through its world-leading platform AirborneRF, they help provide supplementary data that is critical for safe BVLOS drone operations. AirborneRF focuses on (a) the 3D corridors in space that have sufficiently good connectivity for drone operations (e.g. for networked remote ID, command and control, payload communication), and (b) the population density for ground risk assessment, based on anonymized cellular mobility data. Developed by experts in mobile communication networks, aviation and drone technology, AirborneRF also provides live notifications from the CSP networks in case of any issue during flight operation may occur. Dimetor’s software has been deployed worldwide, including Australia, Europe and North America.