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Boeing and SparkCognition to launch SkyGrid

Boeing and SparkCognition today announced plans to launch SkyGrid, a company that will focus on the future of urban aerial mobility. Based in Austin, Texas, SkyGrid will develop a software platform to help provide safe, secure integration of autonomous cargo and passenger air vehicles in the global airspace. This will include working with regulatory agencies to streamline the flight plan approval process for UAVs in a SkyGrid ecosystem.


November 20, 2018
By Wings Staff
SkyGrid will leverage blockchain and AI technology for UAV route planning and to streamline flight plan approval process in a UTM ecosystem. (Illustration: SkyGrid)

Using blockchain technology, AI-enabled dynamic traffic routing, data analytics and cybersecurity features, Boeing explains SkyGrid’s platform will go beyond unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) traffic management (UTM). The platform will aim to enable SkyGrid customers to safely perform a range of missions and services using UAS, including package delivery, industrial inspections and emergency assistance.

“SkyGrid merges expertise in AI, blockchain, security and aviation to deliver breakthrough technological advancements for the rapidly growing urban aerial mobility industry,” said Amir Husain, who will serve as CEO of SkyGrid in addition to his role as founder and CEO of SparkCognition. “By offering scalable and robust capabilities in a single, integrated framework, SkyGrid will make large-scale air vehicle applications more practical and accessible.”

Leveraging its machine learning technology, a multinational footprint, and expert teams focused on defense, industrial internet of things, and finance, SparkCognition builds AI systems to advance what it describes as the most important interests of society. SparkCognition works with customers to help them analyze data, empower decision making, and transform human and industrial productivity.

“The Boeing and SparkCognition partnership is unmatched in industry today,” said Steve Nordlund, vice president and general manager of Boeing NeXt. “SkyGrid is building the digital infrastructure that will make safe, seamless commercial and personal transport possible for billions of people around the world.”