SkyGrid and SparkCognition Deploy First AI-Powered Cybersecurity System on Drones

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High-performance, edge deployed cybersecurity platform will provide zero-day protection against advanced attacks.

AUSTIN, Texas, January 19, 2021 – SparkCognition, the world’s leading industrial artificial intelligence (AI) company, and SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition company, today announced a new collaboration to deploy AI-powered cybersecurity directly on drones, protecting them from zero-day attacks during flight. Equipped with SparkCognition’s DeepArmor® cybersecurity product, SkyGrid is the first airspace management system to enable drone protection powered by AI. This approach provides more advanced airspace security than traditional anti-malware reliant on signatures of known threats.

“In the near future, we’ll essentially have a network of flying computers in the sky, and just like the computers we use today, drones can be hacked if not secured properly,” said Amir Husain, CEO and founder of SparkCognition and SkyGrid. “In this emerging environment, traditional anti-malware technology won’t be adequate to detect these never-before-seen attacks. SkyGrid is taking a new, intelligent approach by using AI to more accurately detect and prevent cyberattacks from impacting a drone, a payload, or a ground station.”

Integrated with SkyGrid’s airspace management system, AerialOS™, the DeepArmor product can be deployed directly on drone hardware to function even when network connectivity is impaired or non-existent. The AI protection defends drones from zero-day attacks by leveraging models trained on the DNA of malicious files instead of relying on a signature database.

SkyGrid and SparkCognition showcased the DeepArmor product’s drone protection in a recent demonstration: https://youtu.be/syX_NevNJX0

“We leveraged cutting-edge AI research and technology to build the DeepArmor product, which allows it to protect endpoints against 99.9% of never-before-seen threats,” said Sridhar Sudarsan, Chief Technology Officer at SparkCognition. “In addition, the product’s uniqueness lies in its ability to provide top-rate endpoint protection on the lowest footprint with minimal interference – all in varying degrees of connectivity. This is the true overarching security differentiator from which SkyGrid’s customers will see value.”

The DeepArmor product suite leverages SparkCognition’s patented machine learning technology combined with a defense in depth mantra to provide multiple layers of protection on an endpoint – instead of using known signatures, heuristics, or rules-based approaches. The software protects a wide range of endpoints, with its most recent addition to the product suite, DeepArmor Industrial, launched in collaboration with Siemens Energy and designed to protect operational technology assets across the energy value chain.

SparkCognition’s AI-first approach to cybersecurity and the DeepArmor product’s advanced threat detection models have been validated by multiple awards, including 2020 Cyber Defense Magazine’s award for best endpoint security and CRN’s 2020 Security 100 List.

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About SkyGrid
SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition company, is powering the next generation of aviation. As the only airspace management system built on AI and blockchain, SkyGrid is solving the industry’s biggest challenges integrating unmanned aircraft in the global airspace and executing autonomous operations. SkyGrid’s AerialOS™ monitors, predicts, and adapts to changes in airspace traffic, environmental conditions, and vehicle health to intelligently route, synchronize, and manage unmanned aircraft. Based in Austin, Texas, SkyGrid is enabling a wide variety of commercial drone operations from package delivery to emergency assistance. For more information, visit skygrid.com, LinkedIn, or Twitter.

About SparkCognition
SparkCognition catalyzes sustainable growth for their clients throughout the world with proven artificial intelligence (AI) systems, award-winning machine learning technology, and a multinational team of AI thought-leaders. Clients are trusted with advancing lives, infrastructure, sustainability, and financial systems across the globe. They partner with SparkCognition to understand their industry’s most pressing challenges, analyze complex data, empower decision-making, and transform human and industrial productivity. With leading-edge artificial intelligence products—Darwin®️, DeepArmor ®️, SparkPredict ®️, and DeepNLPTM—SparkCognition’s clients can adapt to a rapidly changing digital landscape and accelerate their business strategies. To learn more about how SparkCognition’s AI applications can unlock the power in your data, visit www.sparkcognition.com.

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SkyGrid Named 2020 A-LIST Award Winner by Austin Chamber & SXSW

Now in its 10th year, the A-LIST awards by the Austin Chamber and SXSW celebrate the most promising and innovative companies in central Texas, and I’m incredibly honored to share SkyGrid was named a 2020 winner in the Tech & Innovation category.

With more than 130 nominations, the awards honor a select number of companies developing market-disruptive technologies, and that’s exactly what we’re doing here at SkyGrid.
 
 

In just over one year since SkyGrid was founded, our team has launched an all-in-one drone app that’s enabling a new era of autonomous aviation. As the only solution built on AI and blockchain, SkyGrid Flight Control offers a smarter, more complete solution to automate every phase of flight.

Our app makes it easy to autonomously surveil a defined area and detect objects, such as people, vehicles, and animals, with AI computer vision. This powerful technology enables a more efficient approach to monitor social distancing, respond to natural disasters, surveil critical infrastructure, and much more.

Ultimately, SkyGrid Flight Control is a first step forward in our vision to become the world’s most trusted airspace management system that integrates all unmanned aircraft in the global airspace.

While this has been an unprecedented year in so many ways, I’m very proud of what our team has been able to accomplish. We believe in a future where millions of autonomous aircraft of all shapes and sizes will take to the skies to move our goods, improve our agriculture, augment our security and even provide safe transportation.

SkyGrid is essential to that future… we’re already solving some of the most complex problems in unmanned aviation and our journey has just begun!

SkyGrid Launches All-in-One Drone App to Automate Every Phase of Flight

SkyGrid Flight Control

Free iPad app, SkyGrid Flight Control, makes it easy to explore the airspace, automate flights, and get real-time insights

AUSTIN, Texas, September 29, 2020 – SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition company, today launched a new application for drone operators and enterprises to automate every phase of flight in one unified solution. Now available for free in the iPad App Store, SkyGrid Flight Control™ simplifies mission planning and execution, allowing drone operators to autonomously surveil a defined area and detect objects in real-time. Powered by artificial intelligence (AI) computer vision, the solution enables more efficient search and rescue missions, disaster response, perimeter surveillance, site inspections, and more.

“Traditionally, drone operators have used several different tools to check airspace, get LAANC, plan and execute flights, and gather insights, but it’s a manual, cumbersome process,” said Amir Husain, CEO and founder of SkyGrid. “Recognizing this challenge, SkyGrid has minimized the burden on drone operators by creating one solution that automates airspace, flights, and insights. As the only drone solution built on AI and blockchain technologies, we give operators and enterprises the assurances they need to execute safe, compliant missions.”

Powered by SkyGrid’s AerialOS™, SkyGrid Flight Control enables drone operators to automate airspace authorization, mission planning, flight execution, and object detection in one end-to-end solution. The following features and functionality are available for free within the iPad application:

  •  Airspace intelligence: Provides a map of airspace classes, boundaries, temporary flight restrictions, notices to airmen, and other advisories.
  • Ground intelligence: Displays population density, obstacles, elevation, and more.
  • Advanced weather data: Details hyper-local precipitation, wind speed and direction, temperature, cloud cover, and more.
  • Real-time airspace authorization: Automates authorization to fly in U.S. controlled airspace under 400 feet through integration with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) 4.0.
  • Automated mission planning: Automatically generates area exploration, waypoint, and multi-objective missions based on custom flight parameters, such as desired speed, altitude, and location.
  • Autonomous flight execution: Autonomously launches the drone and performs the pre-defined flight plan.
  • AI object recognition: Detects objects in real-time as a drone surveils the defined area with AI computer vision.

More advanced enterprise features are also available for organizations to better manage all drones, pilots, and airspace operations. These features include AI-based mission planning and rerouting, multi-drone missions, custom object detection and counting, geofencing and alerts, and more.

“SkyGrid Flight Control is an important stepping-stone to enable more complex commercial drone operations and advanced air mobility in urban, regional, and global markets,” said Steve Nordlund, vice president and general manager of Being NeXt and executive board advisor of SkyGrid. “SkyGrid is solving complex problems in unmanned aviation with a system that will safely integrate the future volume of drones, passenger air vehicles, and other autonomous aircraft in the global airspace.”

Download SkyGrid Flight Control today in the iPad App Store or visit the SkyGrid website for more information about the advanced enterprise features.

About SkyGrid

SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition company, is powering the next generation of aviation. As the only airspace management system built on AI and blockchain, SkyGrid is solving the industry’s biggest challenges integrating unmanned aircraft in the global airspace and executing autonomous operations. SkyGrid’s AerialOS™ monitors, predicts, and adapts to changes in airspace traffic, environmental conditions, and vehicle health to intelligently route, synchronize, and manage unmanned aircraft. Based in Austin, Texas, SkyGrid is enabling a wide variety of commercial drone operations from package delivery to emergency assistance.

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A Look Behind SkyGrid’s Brand Refresh

Today is an exciting day for the SkyGrid team as we unveil a new look and feel for our website, products, and brand at large!

Since our official launch just over a year ago, we’ve made incredible progress. We built a team of the brightest minds in the industry, established new customers and partnerships with industry leaders, and developed a product that we truly believe will revolutionize unmanned aviation.

We remain focused on our mission – to safely and intelligently power the next generation of autonomous aviation – and our vision – to become the world’s most trusted airspace management system that integrates all unmanned aircraft in the global airspace. But we felt it was important to have our progress and innovation reflected in our brand.

A key component of this brand refresh is our new logo. Our brandmark not only represents an “S” for SkyGrid, but also reveals an aerial view of a flight path – a portrayal of how we’re simplifying the complex airspace.

In low altitude airspace, conditions shift rapidly and unpredictably. Commercial drone operators are expected to monitor weather changes, avoid buildings and temporary objects, factor in risks on the ground, and maintain separation from other aircraft.

As the number of UAVs in our airspace grows, it’s not feasible for operators and authorities to safely manage unmanned flights with the current technologies available to them. A smarter approach to airspace management is required to help operators navigate the complex sky and allow authorities to monitor the growing volume of unmanned traffic.

Built on AI and blockchain technology, SkyGrid’s AerialOS™ is filling the gaps unaccounted for in today’s unmanned traffic management (UTM) systems. Our AI models analyze crucial data, such as airspace traffic, weather forecasts, ground risks, and vehicle performance, to generate the safest flight paths, adapt flights as conditions change, and predict drone maintenance needs. At the same time, blockchain technology enables us to mandate airspace compliance and create verified audit trails.

These advanced technologies allow us to make the increasingly complex airspace simple, safe, and secure.

Ultimately, we’re solving the industry’s biggest challenges integrating drones, air taxis, and other unmanned aircraft in the global airspace, and we’re proud to reveal a new and improved brand that reflects this innovation.

SkyGrid Adds Hyper-Local Weather Data for Safer Drone Operations

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New partnership with data provider ClimaCell enhances company’s aerial operating system with micro-weather feeds for hyper-accurate, on-demand forecasts

AUSTIN, Texas, February 11, 2020 – SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition company, announced today it’s integrating multiple data layers, including hyper-local weather data, into its aerial operating system to enable safer drone operations. SkyGrid is committed to providing the most comprehensive airspace intelligence to help commercial drone operators minimize risks and navigate the sky with confidence.

“We welcome ClimaCell as a SkyGrid data partner and are excited to provide highly accurate weather data to enable safer drone operations,” said Amir Husain, CEO and founder of SkyGrid. “Safety and security are our top priorities as millions of autonomous vehicles begin to take flight in the global airspace. That’s why we’re fueling our system with advanced data sources and using AI-driven predictive analytics to take the guesswork out of planning the safest routes.”

In addition to advanced weather data, SkyGrid has fueled its system with global airspace intelligence, such as aircraft traffic, airspace classes, flight restrictions, obstacle data, population density, and more. Data layers supported by SkyGrid now include:

  • Global weather updates: Wind speed, precipitation type and intensity, temperature, visibility, dew point, cloud cover, air quality, pressure, and more.
  • Hyper-local weather: Minute-by-minute hyper-local weather data, including precipitation, wind, lightning, and air quality.
  • Weather forecasts: Global weather forecasts, including precipitation, lightning, flooding, fire index, and more.
  • Live flight data: Global flight information in near real-time, including aircraft positions, planned routes, status information, and more.
  • Advanced NOTAMs: Global flight restrictions and navigation warnings, enhanced to show full NOTAM lifecycle and coordinates.
  • Live roadway traffic: Near real-time roadway traffic to provide ground awareness during flight.

“We’re thrilled to partner with SkyGrid,” said Itai Zlotnik, Co-Founder and Chief of Customer Success at ClimaCell. “The work they’re doing to lead and inspire the future of aerial transportation is truly amazing, and we’re looking forward to powering their weather-based decision making and operational protocols.”

In the coming months, SkyGrid will continue to add more advanced data feeds to its system, including drone performance data. Using artificial intelligence, SkyGrid’s AerialOS® will generate the safest routes based on a wide variety of factors, including environmental conditions and a vehicle’s health.

About SkyGrid
SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition company, is powering the next generation of aviation. As the only airspace management system built on AI and blockchain, SkyGrid is solving the industry’s biggest challenges integrating unmanned aircraft in the global airspace and executing autonomous operations. SkyGrid’s AerialOS™ monitors, predicts, and adapts to changes in airspace traffic, environment conditions, and vehicle health to intelligently route, synchronize, and manage unmanned aircraft. Based in Austin, Texas, SkyGrid is enabling a wide variety of commercial drone operations from package delivery to emergency assistance.

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Risa Kleen
Marketing Manager
press@skygrid.com

SkyGrid Approved by FAA as LAANC Supplier

Boeing, SparkCognition joint venture gains key integration with FAA to automate application and approval process for airspace authorizations

AUSTIN, Texas, December 3, 2019 — SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition company, today announced it has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a supplier of Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) services. Now a UAS Service Supplier (USS) of LAANC, the Austin-based company will accelerate its commitment to ensuring safe and secure integration of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into the global airspace.

LAANC is a collaboration between the FAA and industry partners to help automate the application and approval process for airspace authorizations. The FAA service provides drone pilots with access to controlled airspace at or below 400 feet and air traffic professionals with visibility into where and when drones are operating.

“LAANC integration is a key addition to the SkyGrid aerial operating system, which is focused on making UAV integration safer, more secure, and collaborative with regulators across the globe,” said Amir Husain, CEO of SkyGrid. “By offering scalable and robust capabilities – from flight planning to autonomous cybersecurity – in a single, integrated framework, SkyGrid will make large-scale drone applications more practical and accessible.”

SkyGrid’s LAANC implementation will allow customers to seamlessly apply for flight approvals directly within the SkyGrid platform. This integration provides approval for commercial (Part 107 Airspace Authorization and Part 107 Further Coordination) and recreational (Section 44809) LAANC functionality.

“Our goal is to collaborate across the globe as we develop this platform to safely enable the integration of autonomous cargo and passenger air vehicles in the global airspace,” said Steve Nordlund, vice president and general manager of Boeing NeXt and a SkyGrid board member. “We’re committed to making the skies safer and having the right digital infrastructure for reliable urban air mobility.”

About SkyGrid
SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition company, is powering the next generation of aviation. As the only airspace management system built on AI and blockchain, SkyGrid is solving the industry’s biggest challenges integrating unmanned aircraft in the global airspace and executing autonomous operations. SkyGrid’s AerialOS™ monitors, predicts, and adapts to changes in airspace traffic, environment conditions, and vehicle health to intelligently route, synchronize, and manage unmanned aircraft. Based in Austin, Texas, SkyGrid is enabling a wide variety of commercial drone operations from package delivery to emergency assistance.

Contact Info
Risa Kleen
Marketing Manager
press@skygrid.com