Growing the drone logistics family

The global community of public and private entities working towards the achievement of a unified sky in the drone logistics ecosystem has just welcomed a new member into global network.

Drone Logistics Ecosystem has announced the arrival of global weather services provider TruWeather Solutions Inc into the DLE world, bringing with it some worldwide experience of global weather services to the unmanned traffic management system.

As a company, TruWeather aligns novel sensor and data partners to provide a vertical 360° view of the atmosphere for better airspace management of drones and eVTOLs. The company’s software platform, TruFlite V360°, provides one-stop-shop customized weather awareness for drone and air taxi dispatch, command centres, airspace managers and operators.

“TruWeather brings vast aviation, logistics and weather expertise to DLE, the organisation said in its statement welcoming their newest member. “They have repurposed an innovative weather risk management framework that TruWeather team members established within the U.S Air Force Tanker Airlift Control Center in 2001, fielding the commercial uncrewed autonomous and eVTOL communities.

“The framework reduced the impact of weather by 40 percent for airlift missions worldwide, increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of moving cargo and people, while recovering $200million in lost opportunity cost. TruWeather offers the same return on investment opportunity to weather sensitive businesses and industries when weather is a potential threat to business operations.”

TruWeather Solutions CEO Don Berchoff was excited to be joining the global movement for unified drone logistics.

“As a 40-year veteran in aviation and logistics, we bring our expertise and experience to help prepare the industry for Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) operations,” Berchoff said.

“We will educate and contribute our ideas for more relevant weather standards and deliver novel weather solutions and services to tackle the toughest weather challenges for BVLOS. Stakeholders share the common thread that weather can be a disruptive reality and increases business uncertainty. We help our clients better manage weather uncertainty and weather-induced costs.

“The Drone Logistics Ecosystem enables our engagement with operators world-wide to listen and address the challenges they are facing locally for specific drone applications. Combining client insight with TWS’s deep weather knowledge, together, we can safely increase flight time and revenue per airframe with better client satisfaction and business results.”

DLE describes itself as “a free of charge, global multidisciplinary “quadruple helix” network of companies, universities, public/government, and investors to stimulate innovations, collaborations, and standardisations in the drone logistics industry.”

Its main aim is to bring together stakeholders in the drone logistics industry under one roof to support commercialisation and marketing of products of its members.

The organisation is working to co-opt in all stakeholders in drone logistics as its lobbies for the global standardisation of drone logistics operations and efficient movement of cargo from the factory to the end user.

“Most of the companies are early-stage start-ups with limited access to funding, manpower and expertise, making us an ideal platform for companies to lend their expertise for joint-development of products, consulting, or simply as sub-contractors, or for any other format of cross-disciplinary/border collaboration,” DLE says.

TruWeather Solutions is the twentieth company to join the DLE family, with other drone services providers like Valqari, Embention, Skye Air Mobility, University of Twente, Dragonfly Pads, Alphaswift Industries and Aurora Aerial.


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