Drone monitoring and management platform service C.O.S.M.O.S.

C.O.S.M.O.S. is a UAV including drones and air mobility platform that enables proper planning, monitoring and management of aircraft condition, and ensures safety of the surrounding environments and operators, which are the principles of automatic operation of UAV.
By seamlessly connecting with the Drone Information Platform System (DIPS) and Flight Information Management System (FIMS) specified by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), we can visualize safe and secure operations by achieving both aerospace and flight management. We will accelerate the speed of drone implementation in society by visualizing operations.


Multiple and simultaneous drone flight management

Following the deregulation of flight over manned areas in 2022, it is expected that drones will become more and more implemented in our society in the near future. With the daily use of logistics drones and manned flying vehicles, seeing multiple drones flying overhead will become an ordinary sight.
Since its founding, A.L.I. Technologies has envisioned such a future and has developed a system in which multiple drone flights can be managed centrally and simultaneously. This technology has been patented as an infrastructure system that enables communication with the control system in lower airspace and transmits, manages, controls, authenticates, registers, and makes payments (including the use of external data) of flight routes as well as various flight information including geographic locations, speed, and navigational data.

Technology to Visualize Safety and Security

C.O.S.M.O.S. can centrally collect not only flight path information, but also flight aircraft information such as various aircraft records, operator information, and national license information for drones starting in 2022, all information necessary for drone flight management.
At the same time, during the flight, the current position captured using GPS and LTE is projected onto map data and 3D spatial data, and the current surrounding environment is also monitored by a 360-degree camera attached to the drone. Safe and secure operations can be executed by allowing local governments to manage where drones operate regularly, and daily drone operators to check that information in real time as needed.

Flight Simulation Using 3D City Model

In order to fly a drone in the city center where various potential obstacles exist, it is necessary to carefully check obstacles such as buildings and environments on the route. The high cost of labor and time constraints in field survey operations presents an issue. By utilizing PLATEAU, the 3D city model development and open data conversion project, which are led by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and C.O.S.M.O.S. we can arrange to simulate the flight of drones in advance. Due to the connectivity and scalability of C.O.S.M.O.S., this will enable inner-city drone operations to scale up quickly at minimal cost.

Remote Backup Operations

In the event that the drone operator is unable to continue operations due to unforeseen circumstances, or in the event that operations cannot be completed in an area due to a major disaster, we have established a system that allows remote operations using C.O.S.M.O.S.
By centrally managing the aircraft and flight missions connected by C.O.S.M.O.S.., it will be possible not only to build a backup system for operations as deregulation progresses, but also to improve the efficiency of operations that until now have required the skills of highly experienced pilots.


Plan Management

C.O.S.M.O.S. allows the user to create a project related to a flight then centrally manage its operation date, the operator, information on acquired permissions, the equipment used, as well as view the project status, etc. After the flight has been completed, the flight log can be archived and saved.

Flight Schedule

C.O.S.M.O.S. allows users to create flight plans by specifying waypoints and flight areas on the map, then setting the altitude and flight time at each point. Those prohibited areas such as Densely Inhabited Districts (DID) and airports are marked on the map in advance, and the scheduling can be handled intuitively without programming.

Data Management

Through C.O.S.M.O.S., users can store photographs and video data in the cloud server. By using an externally linked SaaS, it can filter the necessary image / video files from the vast amount of accumulated data and converge them to inspected data with annotations on abnormal parts.

Aircraft Management

C.O.S.M.O.S. allows users to register peripheral equipment such as aircraft, batteries, and propellers owned by the registrant and manage these assets centrally. C.O.S.M.O.S. also allows users to proceed with a flight application with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism based on the registered aircraft information. Enterprise users can also manage the usage of the aircraft associated with the plan


C.O.S.M.O.S. allows users to register peripheral equipment such as aircraft, batteries, and propellers owned by the registrant and manage these assets centrally. C.O.S.M.O.S. also allows users to proceed with a flight application with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism based on the registered aircraft information. Enterprise users can also manage the usage of the aircraft associated with the plan.

LIVE Monitoring

C.O.S.M.O.S. features remote monitoring and management of flight plan status in real time. The flight route and the location information of the current drone are displayed on the map, as well as the live feed from the perspective of the drone, flight speed, altitude, and remaining battery level, etc. will be able to be viewed simultaneously.

Air Mobility

C.O.S.M.O.S. is not limited to drone control systems. It is a core system that is indispensable for air mobility, of which development will accelerate in the future. It is a universal service that can be used by all manned and unmanned aerial vehicles that utilize the airspace.
In anticipation for a future where drones and flying taxis fly over the city, ALI Technologies has installed C.O.S.M.O.S. in the system of the hoverbike XTURISMO developed in-house to build the air infrastructure and improve the social acceptance of air mobility.


C.O.S.M.O.S. Use Case Example: Remote Sensing in Agriculture

Used in 36 prefectures in 2 years since its introduction. Centralized management of more than 100 pilots nationwide

As the agricultural labor force is declining rapidly, there is an increasing need for smart agriculture that utilizes the latest technology, including drones, in order to remedy the labor shortage and improve productivity in the agricultural industry. Since 2019, A.L.I. has been providing drone solutions related to agricultural remote sensing throughout Japan in collaboration with domestic agricultural equipment manufacturers. Remote sensing is the work of visualizing the growth of crops based on aerial images taken by a drone. The data can be used to deduce the locations where fertilizer is most needed, making it possible to apply fertilizer uniformly at low cost, and it is possible to significantly reduce the labor and working time of agricultural workers.
By using the C.O.S.M.O.S. Hub, a pilot operation system that centrally manages the data of more than 100 registered pilots throughout Japan, it will be possible to quickly and efficiently match registered pilots throughout Japan with job orders.

C.O.S.M.O.S. Use Case Example: Drone Delivery System, Echizen, Fukui Prefecture

Making drone logistics commonplace by making the safety and security of drone navigation visible

The township of Echizen in Fukui Prefecture has many villages in the surrounding mountains, and maintaining the quality of services using current transportation and logistics methods has become an issue, as the villages are isolated in times of disaster, the low birth rate, aging population, and population decline. In this demonstration experiment, a drone carrying a 1kg load was flown at Level 3 (unaided, beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS)) for a 12km round trip from the delivery base to each relay base, on the assumption that the drone would be used to transport foodstuffs, emergency supplies, and other goods to isolated villages in times of disaster. The drone was equipped with a 360-degree surveillance camera and collision avoidance sensors. It flew automatically except for takeoff and landing, using a high-speed LTE connection. By using C.O.S.M.O.S. to visualize the flight information of multiple drones in real time, residents of the community can check the status of the drones, and the government can create an environment where drones can be used with confidence. In anticipation of the easing of restrictions on drones flying beyond visual range in FY2022, Echizen Municipality is aiming to put drones into practical use as a new means of delivery.

C.O.S.M.O.S. Use Case Example: NEDO Operation Management System Demonstration Project

Centralized management of information necessary for safe and secure drone implementation in society by linking with the national drone operation management integration function

Just as the flight paths of aircraft are managed by the government, the development and operation of a drone version of the Flight Information Management System (FIMS) is essential for the social implementation of drones. To this end, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) is conducting regional demonstrations for the practical application of a drone operation management system as part of the project to achieve an energy efficient society in which robotics and drones play an active role. C.O.S.M.O.S. is used to transport infection prevention supplies, gloves, first aid kits, and other items stockpiled by the town from the town office to the core evacuation centers, and collect valuable information on the situation via aerial photography of mountain villages with the risk of river flooding and landslides in Shimanto, Kochi Prefecture, which is surrounded by mountains. We are also conducting a demonstration of regular delivery of daily necessities between villages scattered throughout mountainous areas. In order to ensure stable flights on a daily basis, C.O.S.M.O.S. will help to create a future in which drones are implemented in society by centrally managing not only the operation management function that adjusts conflicts and irregularities in flight route, but also weather information, map information, and radio wave information for communication.