Kongsberg Geospatial and eSmart Systems partner to Deliver Real-time BVLOS Powerline Intelligence to Utility Companies

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eSmart Systems Connected Drone solution to employ Kongsberg Geopsatial IRIS situational awareness display for powerline inspection in North America and Europe

An IRIS situational awareness system is shown installed in the cab of an eSmart systems powerline inspection truck. The screen visible through the truck window plots the realtime position of a powerline inspection drone relative to the terrain.

An IRIS situational awareness system is shown installed in the cab of an eSmart systems powerline inspection truck. The screen visible through the truck window plots the realtime position of a drone

We have identified strong partners like Kongsberg Geospatial to enable Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flights that will accelerate the usability for the utility industry.

Kongsberg Geospatial, an Ottawa-based developer of real-time, mission critical, geospatial visualisation software, and eSmart Systems, who develop digital intelligence for the energy industry and smart communities, announced today that they have integrated the Kongsberg Geospatial IRIS UAS situational awareness system into the eSmart Systems Connected Drone solution for powerline inspection.

The Connected Drone solution collects real-time powerline inspection data for analysis in the eSmart cloud, which provides actionable data that helps utility companies to reduce power failures and operational costs.

Kongsberg Geospatial has been providing technology for military UAV platforms for over a decade, and is now actively working with industry and regulatory groups in the United States and Canada to develop a simple, portable display for civilian UAV operators that provides them with a unified situational awareness picture combining a wide range of live data feeds into an easy to understand display format.

The IRIS display for eSmart Systems will enable multiple drones to be managed simultaneously by a single operator and provide real-time calculation of communications line-of-sight to enable BVLOS operations. IRIS will provide the operator with real-time 2D and 3D visualization of airborne track and weather data, as well as geo-fencing capabilities.

“The expertise and capability of eSmart Systems is exactly the type of enterprise partnership we are looking for to employ our technology” said Ranald McGillis, President of Kongsberg Geospatial. “We are very pleased to join with eSmart Systems to help lead the way in the emerging drone aviation market where real-time situational awareness will be needed to ensure safety.”

"eSmart Systems has five years of expertise and experience in Norway of providing software solutions for energy companies and their service providers using UAS tools. We have identified strong partners like Kongsberg Geospatial to enable Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flights that will accelerate the usability for the utility industry, " said Knut Johansen, CEO of eSmart Systems. “Visualizing this information within the Kongsberg Geospatial IRIS display is a very powerful tool to enhance safety for UAS operations.”

To learn more about Kongsberg Geospatial, visit their website at http://www.kongsberggeospatial.com.

About Kongsberg Geospatial: Based in Ottawa, Canada, Kongsberg Geospatial (http://www.kongsberggeospatial.com) creates precision real-time software for mapping, geospatial visualization, and situational awareness. The Company’s products are primarily deployed in solutions for air-traffic control, Command and Control, and air defense. Over nearly three decades of providing dependable performance under extreme conditions, Kongsberg Geospatial has become the leading geospatial technology provider for mission-critical applications where lives are on the line. Kongsberg Geospatial is a subsidiary of Kongsberg Defence Systems.

About eSmart Systems: eSmart Systems develops digital intelligence for the energy industry and smart communities. The company is built on more than 20 years of international experience in establishing and operating knowledge based, leading IT and energy related companies targeting global markets. eSmart Systems is headquartered in Halden, Norway, with offices in North America, Asia, and Europe.

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