Wednesday, April 17, 2024

AgEagle to Provide Secure Drones Using SEALSQ Certified Secure Element for Defense and Public Safety Applications

SEALSQ Corp, a company that focuses on developing and selling Semiconductors, PKI and Post-Quantum technology hardware and software products, and AgEagle a leading provider of full stack drone, sensors and software solutions for customers worldwide in the commercial and government verticals, announced their partnership to provide secure surveillance drones for public safety, government and defense applications.

In September 2023 AgEagle launched the eBee VISION, a cyber secure Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) designed for Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions. The eBee VISION embeds a SEALSQ Secure Element which is NIST FIPS140-2 Level 3 compliant and Common Criteria EAL5+ certified. Each chip is personalized with a unique Trusted Identity. This setup protects the drone from any takeover attempt, enables the drone to encrypt all data, protects the integrity of the embedded software, and provides a unique identity to the drone for GCS pairing and strong authentication.

These robust cybersecurity features, added to its unique operational capabilities, make the eBee VISION perfectly suitable to conduct public safety and defense applications. Indeed, the eBee VISION UAS is part of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) project to develop a customized command and control software that is compatible and fully compliant with the DoD Robotic and Autonomous System-Air Interoperability Profile (RAS-A IOP), within the scope of the Blue UAS program.

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The global commercial drone market is projected to reach the size of around $38 billion in 2027 and the market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.9 percent between 2022 and 2027 according to Statista. Key sectors such as public safety, security, defense, and inspection are at the forefront of this growth, most of them demanding robust privacy, encryption and security features.

eBee VISION delivers high-resolution video imagery made possible by its 32x zoom and powerful thermal observation capabilities, providing real-time situational awareness. Weighing only 3.5 pounds, the NDAA-compliant fixed-wing features live HD video feed, up to 90 minutes of flight time, and wireless coverage of up to 12 miles. eBee VISION can be deployed in just three minutes by a single operator and is controlled with a Ground Control System (GCS) developed with feedback from U.S. and European special forces to meet defense and public safety requirements.

“With an established track record in supplying leaders of the Commercial Drone Industry, SEALSQ is perfectly positioned to support manufacturers build cybersecure UAVs and achieve fast and cost-effective compliance with the most rigorous agencies standards,” said Carlos Moreira, CEO of SEALSQ.

AgEagle CEO, Barrett Mooney, added, “With the launch of our latest drone technology, the eBee VISION, we are dedicated to ensuring it integrates a certified secure element—a critical feature for safeguarding the data managed by our valued partners in public safety, government, and defense. Our partnership with industry leader SEALSQ underscores our commitment to protecting privacy and security. Through its three centers of excellence, AgEagle is actively engaged in designing and delivering best-in-class flight hardware, sensors and software that solve important problems for its customers. Founded in 2010, AgEagle was originally formed to pioneer proprietary, professional-grade, fixed-winged drones and aerial imagery-based data collection and analytics solutions for the agriculture industry.

SOURCE: GlobeNewswire

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