Consortiq launches UAS operations portal CQNet at AUVSI XPONENTIAL

Consortiq’s David Walters demonstrates how the CQNet can help plan safe and diligent drone missions.

Consortiq has launched its UAS operations portal that uses real time data and analytics. At the AUVSI XPONENTIAL in Dallas this week, the company showcased CQNet, an innovative safety-led update for the drone industry.

David Walters, software development manager at Consortiq, has been running a series of demonstrations at XPONENTIAL, showing off the capabilities of the problem-solving software. With a focus towards the media industry and the emergency services, CQNet’s applications can be targeted and customized for each sector.

“We really want to help people to unlock the potential of drones,” said CEO Paul Rigby, whose team has plenty of experience in air traffic management with a goal to deliver confidence and safety for every mission.

The unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) traffic management (UTM) solution is designed to replace inefficient and inaccurate spreadsheets, logbooks and other physical tools to transform safety management and reduce risk within drone operations.

Bryan McKernan, the company’s newly appointed US Director of Operations, has extensive knowledge on Small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) policy gained through Marine Corps Installations during 20 years as a Marine aviator.

Together with drone services platform Altitude Angel and technology leader IBM, CQNet was created to deliver an advanced flight planning and operational tool.

“Ultimately, CQNet is a powerful, singular tool to manage all aspects of UAS operations efficiently, enabling the ultimate safety of every flight,” said Walters. “Everything from mission management to maintenance is covered, and an instant overview of each mission can be seen in a customizable dashboard.”

During one demo CQNet was used to assist firefighters on the ground, saving valuable time during the emergency. Users can have everything needed to plan a successful UAS operation right in front of them at their fingertips. The solution includes functionality to enable tasks such as crew assignment, flight checks, weather checks, asset management, and flight data logging and reporting.

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