AirMap to Expand Capabilities with Acquisition of Hangar Technology
BY Isabella Lee25 September 2019
AirMap is one of our go-to flight planning tools and one that we frequently recommend to our students (they are the #1 provider of LAANC after all). So, AirMap’s acquisition of Hangar Technology is pretty exciting to us. With this recent acquisition, AirMap is planning to extend Hangar’s best-in-class workflow automation, high-precision flight planning, and image processing capabilities to its clients and customers.
AirMap Adds to Offerings for Enterprise and Developers
The company says enterprise users and developers can expect enhancements to its platform of APIs (Application Programming Interface) and SDKs (Software Development Kit) in the coming months.
Hangar first joined the AirMap community as a developer of breakthrough automation technologies for enterprises. We’re excited to bring this engineering talent in-house to make this technology available to our entire developer community.
—Ben Marcus, AirMap Chairman and Co-founder
Founded in 2015, Hangar Technology automates drone workflows for enterprises. Its products include JobSight, a construction-focused application that automates orthomosaics, panoramas, and other imaging, and TowerSight, a digital workflow application for automated tower inspections.
In acquiring Hangar, AirMap augments its offering for enterprises, who are faced with mounting complexities to ensure the safety, efficiency, and scalability of their advanced drone operations. Using the world’s most sophisticated autonomous flight and mission execution engine, Hangar software precision-scans every inch of an asset. The Hangar platform then automatically ingests, processes, and analyzes drone data to create an accurate digital reconstruction and produce detailed component analysis.
“We’ve worked closely with major players across construction and cell towers to streamline and automate every part of their UAS inspection workflow,” said Scott Lumish, CEO of Hangar. “We’re eager to combine forces with AirMap to enhance these offerings with AirMap’s airspace management capabilities for enterprises worldwide.”
Enterprises and third-party developers will have access to these tools through Hangar as a subsidiary of AirMap so they can build the next generation of software products for commercial drones.
AirMap Works Toward Open and Connected Skies with UTM
The acquisition continues AirMap’s strategy of extending open, connected, and automated airspace management solutions to the entire drone economy.
One way AirMap has been working toward creating more accessible skies is though their UTM platform. In March 2018, skyguide and AirMap announced their partnership to develop the first nationwide U-space system in Europe to support safe and efficient UAS operations across Switzerland.
Skyguide, the Swiss air navigation service provider, and AirMap, in partnership with the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA), have deployed the Swiss U-space flight information management system for drones, referred to as the FIMS. The FIMS is an aviation data exchange hub that connects skyguide’s air traffic management system to UAS Service Providers. This allows for real-time traffic monitoring for both manned and unmanned aircraft.
The Swiss U-space FIMS is a critical building block toward full UTM implementation in Switzerland.
—Klaus Meier, skyguide Chief Technology Officer
In the U.S. AirMap was one of the first suppliers the FAA brought on to test the prototype of LAANC in 2017. Today, AirMap is the #1 LAANC provider. The company powers more LAANC authorizations than any other provider, demonstrating drone operators’ significant trust in AirMap.
Acquiring Hangar Technology will enable AirMap to continue their work in various areas related to UTM, including air traffic management, remote ID, and CUAS. Share your thoughts on AirMap’s most recent acquisition in this thread on our community forum.