IRIS AM™ is a combination of software and sensor technology that, like IRIS UxS™ gives operators a comprehensive real-time picture of their operational airspace. However, IRIS AM is optimized for managing emergency airspace operations and counter-UAS applications.
IRIS AM is deployed by first responders and security organizations for integrated emergency operations that require the safe operation of UAS in the same airspace as manned aircraft, and by security organizations that need to manage the airspace and prevent intrusions by hostile UAS around critical infrastructure, including prisons, airports, and sports stadiums.
IRIS AM has also been used for combined emergency response and search-and-rescue operations - tracking ground vehicles, and dismounted searchers in addition to UAS and nearby aircraft.
Utilizing real-time data sources including RADAR, telemetry and ADS-B, IRIS AM calculates the airspace separation between all contacts in the operational space, and between each ownship and the terrain. The system computes the projected flight path of every detected aircraft forward through time, and displays warnings, alerts and cues to the operator if there is a danger of a developing airspace conflict, or an intrusion by unauthorized UAS.
This helps first responders and security organizations effectively operate unmanned systems in an emergency airspace without putting other emergency aircraft operating at low altitude, including water bombers, air ambulances, or police helicopters at risk. With IRIS AM, pilots can confidently and effectively operate UAS in close proximity and chaotic situations without posing a risk to manned aircraft.
IRIS AM is an ideal airspace management tool for protecting the airspace around critical infrastructure. When integrated with the right combination of sensors, IRIS AM has proven effective in detecting small, commercially available drones, including the DJI Mavic, and in triangulating the likely location of the drone operator.
The system has proven effective at ranges of up to three nautical miles, and has been used successfully to locate hostile drone operators in repeated policing and security exercises. IRIS AM has been deployed for airspace management at prisons and airports in the United States, Canada, and Europe.