UK air traffic technology company uses Hedera Hashgraph to track drones


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Hedera’s public ledger consensus service was recently used to ‘aggregate, store and control’ millions of data points in a UK government sponsored drone data trial.

According to an announcement, Hedera worked with Neuron Innovations, a London-based aviation technology company, to test the secure sharing of long-range airspace by commercial, military and government drones.

Neuron has implemented an “Aviation Surveillance as a Service” system to allow drones to seamlessly join existing air traffic. The aircraft technology company then used Hedera Network’s Hedera Consensus service to “collect, store and order” drone data. Neuron CEO Niall Greenwood said:

“We have made unmanned long-distance travel possible using safety-critical aviation infrastructure. Every flight creates millions of data points, which no other public ledger has been quick enough to record and control properly. ”

The multi-drone trial took place in Port Montrose, Scotland, and Cranfield University in Bedfordshire in April and October 2021. Neuron sensors recorded data points regarding the locations and direction of the drones while that the Hedera Consensus Service recorded and time-stamped the data collected from each drone on its decentralized public ledger.

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The experiment, supported by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, was one of many drone-related tests. The main finding of the study was that it was possible to follow unmanned aircraft after they had passed out of sight.

Hedera Hashgraph is a high security distributed public ledger technology network based on a Proof of Stake consensus algorithm. The proof of concept, which demonstrates that a certain procedure or concept is feasible, uses the Hedera Consensus service and the Hedera Token service.

Hedera Hashgraph has established a number of collaborations to apply blockchain technology in real world applications across multiple industries. In November 2021, Cointelegraph reported that the Hedera Council had partnered with ServiceNow, a cloud-based digital workflow platform, to integrate the Now platform and create a new level of trust and accountability in digital transactions.