Pierce and DRONEDEK partner to progress commercial drone delivery services
| Philip Butterworth-Hayes | UAS traffic management news
US companies Pierce Aerospace and DRONEDEK LLC have announced a partnership to advance commercial drone delivery, by linking Pierce Aerospace’s Remote Identification expertise and technologies with DRONEDEK’s expertise in last-mile logistics, including a drone mailbox system.
According to a press statement:
“The teams’ combined systems provide the infrastructure that enables scalably of authenticated package delivery to government, commercial, institutional, and residential locations throughout the world. The result is authenticated, to-your-door-delivery, that is both private and secure.
“Pierce Aerospace’s Flight Portal ID Remote ID service provides a means to authenticate “who’s who” in the airspace through either network or local broadcast capabilities. DRONEDEK is a smart Internet of Things (IoT) mailbox that is designed to accept drone deliveries securely. Flight Portal ID integrated into DRONEDEK gives consumers assurance about the drones flying over their neighborhoods while enabling the drone to authenticate deliveries to the mailboxes below. With this partnership, neighbors can confirm that the drones arriving in their communities are authorized to be there.
Aaron Pierce, CEO Pierce Aerospace, said, “By pairing Flight Portal ID with DRONEDEK, we can deliver trust from the sky to the ground, verifying that the drones arriving at DRONEDEKs are the drones the consumers expect to be delivering their packages. At the macro level, this partnership establishes the infrastructure to scale drone delivery operations in the last mile. The network effect of distributed DroneDek mailboxes equipped with Flight Portal ID technology further assures consumers and communities about drones overhead while strengthening and advancing the overall commercial drone delivery business model for all parcel carriers.”
Dan O’Toole, CEO of DroneDek, added, “DRONEDEK changes the way commerce happens. By nature of our features, connectivity, and saturation, we are a natural partner of this important Remote ID technology that ultimately benefits the consumer.”
The companies say they have already identified US and international pilot opportunities and welcome additional collaborative participation.