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Gryphon Sensors unveils drone-tracking system

By Eric Reinhardt


Gryphon Sensors mobile skylight
Gryphon Sensors, a company of Cicero–based SRC Inc., has developed a mobile unmanned traffic-management (UTM) system called mobile skylight. (Photo provided by Empire State Development)

CICERO, N.Y. — Gryphon Sensors, a company of SRC Inc. in Cicero, has developed a mobile unmanned traffic-management (UTM) system called mobile skylight.

The development builds on the state’s investments in the region’s “emerging” unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry, the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo contended in a news release issued Tuesday.

Mobile skylight “sets a new standard” in drone security and UAS traffic management, Cuomo’s office said.

Featuring an array of self-contained multispectral sensors, the system provides “accurate,” three-dimensional detection of low-flying, small UAS at a distance of up to 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

Contained in a van, mobile skylight is a mobile-command center featuring 4-by-4 off-road capability and can be taken “anywhere” without a commercial driver’s license.

It’s designed for rapid deployment of a wide range of applications including stadium, special-event security, first responder and search and rescue operations, along with infrastructure and utility inspection, the release stated.

“We are excited to introduce mobile skylight, the nation’s first operational mobile UAS traffic management and drone-security system,” Anthony Albanese, president of Gryphon Sensors, said in Cuomo’s release. “The system provides unmatched versatility and air-surveillance capability enabling beyond visual line of sight commercial and security UAS operations in the state’s unique UAS flight corridor.”

Cuomo last August announced a $5 million spending commitment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative to support the UAS industry in Central New York, bolstering ongoing efforts to create a regional hub for UAS “innovation” and manufacturing.

At a UTM convention in Syracuse last November, Cuomo said the state would spend an additional $30 million to develop a 50-mile, flight-traffic management system between Syracuse and Griffiss International Airport in Rome.

“With this new development, this region further secures its role as a national leader in drone technology, helping to spur job creation and economic activity … helping Central New York continue to rise for generations to come,” Cuomo said in the release.


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