Last week Murzilli Consulting, the consulting firm offering 360° regulation, technology and strategy services for innovative aviation stakeholders, hosted the event,  "UAS in Emergency Management,"  in collaboration with Deeplabs at MASID.

Highlights of the Event

The event was kicked off with a presentation by Pilar Gil of Deeplabs who clarified the projects and visions of MASID with a technical focus on Madrid. AESA’s Head of UAS Division, Roberto Gandara also presented a brilliant summary of the new regulatory developments brought about by the publication of the UAS Royal Decree and explained how they affect NON-EASA operations and emergency operations. 

The panel that followed was moderated by Murzilli Consulting’s Director of Regulatory Affairs and Commercial Space, Juanjo Sola who presented solutions that the Murzilli Consulting team of expert consultants are currently implementing with clients from around the world while emphasising the importance of efficiency and maintaining the required safety levels.

Juanjo Sola is an aerospace engineer and a licensed pilot for both traditional aircraft and UAS with a background in air traffic control. He was the former head of the UAS Division of the Spanish CAA (AESA), and prior to that, he was their ATM/AIS Oversight Inspector and ATC Training Manager. He has been a part of the ICAO RPAS Panel, JARUS, and EASA’s UAS Focal Point.

The panel of industry leaders shared their perspectives on the latest advances, use cases, trends, and challenges in implementing UAS emergency technology. The discussions evaluated the latest regulations, including the implications of the new Royal Decree 517/2024 which introduces more flexibility in low-altitude operations and adjusts the DRI requirement for security forces. Technical challenges like medium-risk operations (SAIL III/IV), long-range BVLOS operations with DAA devices and 5G connections were also covered. 

The panel experts highlighted topics such as; Israel Quintanilla from the UPV provided an overview of the current challenges and presented an analysis of the evolution of the UAS sector over the past ten years with an emphasis on how the technology was utilised in an emergency; Bomberos of Madrid’s Jaime Gaiteiro described operations that were carried out in Madrid to fight fires from a realistic perspective; César Ortega Chíes from Aeromedia outlined becoming a pioneer operator in emergency operations and the needs of the police and emergency forces; Borja Cano from Telefónica based his intervention on two aspects: the repercussions on security and the importance of communications, clarifying aspects of the use of 5G and the reservation of radio spectrum and Ginés Moreno, from GMV, spoke on the importance of GNSS systems for keeping UAS in the expected location, particularly in BVLOS operations. His presentation focused on three pillars: cybersecurity, integrity, and validation/certification.

The panel concluded with future-driven thoughts on the next steps for the drone sector, such as airspace management during emergencies, Lidar mapping applications, and frequency band usage during crisis situations. This event marks a significant step towards enhancing our capabilities in emergency response using drone technology.

“Everyone has reached a consensus on the necessity for progress within the industry and among regulators regarding crucial aspects of the specific category, such as BVLOS operations and SAIL III and IV.”
- Juanjo Sola on the UAS in Emergency Management panel. 

About Murzilli Consulting

Murzilli Consulting is a digital aviation consultancy firm founded in 2020 by aerospace engineer, innovative leader and aviation specialist, Lorenzo Murzilli. It is based in Bern, Switzerland, with further subsidiaries in Germany, the United Kingdom, Hungary and Spain. The organisation is committed to helping clients succeed with their regulation and compliance strategies. They do this by acting as a digital outsourced regulatory department and working with clients to support them in establishing a high-performing internal regulatory function. Their primary focus is on emerging technologies in the sectors of crewed and uncrewed aviation, advanced air mobility and U-space (including all derivative focuses). 

The Murzilli Consulting team offers governments and private enterprises alike the opportunity to establish a high-performing internal regulatory function capable of tackling emerging technologies. They can also develop and implement regulatory strategies and roadmaps as well as execute specific projects such as UAS and USSP certification, design verification, SORA approvals and CE marking, among other services. Their customer base is unrivalled in the consulting industry and reflects the trust that leading drone organisations have in their services.

About Deeplabs

Since their inception in 2020, Deeplabs has grown to become a leading reference point with over 140.000 square meters of workspace, housing a vibrant community of more than 5,000 innovative minds who work on developing the technologies of the future.

Deeplabs manages Spain's first private science and innovation districts, setting a standard of excellence for visionary companies looking to be part of a dynamic, industry-leading ecosystem.

They offer bespoke premises, from workspaces to labs and cleanrooms, that include comprehensive management of scientific and general services. The organisation is committed to fostering innovative communities and being growth partners for spin-offs, start-ups, scale-ups, and large corporations that choose to set a presence in Spain.

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