Asio Technologies, a leading developer and manufacturer of geospatial position systems and tactical defence solutions, is honoured to launch and unveil the NavGuard NOCTA Mini, a mini-size jam-proof aerial optical positioning system for drones and UASs. NavGuard is a real-time optical navigation system that enables seamless and accurate autonomous GNSS-free navigation for tactical UAS platforms in areas where the GNSS signal is spoofed, jammed, or simply unavailable. Using cutting-edge machine vision technology, AI, advanced optics, and sensor fusion, NavGuard can be installed on different unmanned aerial platforms to enable safe and sustainable 24/7 drone missions under complete GNSS blackout.
“NOCTA Mini attracts a lot of attention from the drone OEMs and the end-users thanks to the low energy consumption, compact, lightweight, and low power consumption design,” said David Harel, Asio Technologies CEO. “Based on our fielded and operational NavGuard solution, the world’s first optical navigation system for tactical UASs, with day and night capabilities, NOCTA Mini ensures operational freedom for drones and small UASs.”
NavGuard’s new mini version, NOCTA Mini, is ideal for installation on drones and small UASs. Lighter than ever and with low power consumption, it is a fully integrated day and night optical navigation module for jam-proof and spoof-proof operations. NOCTA Mini enables drones to operate beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) from take-off to landing, and as it is based on machine vision, the system is drift free. It is a self-contained system incorporating a computing module, GIS Infrastructure, and day and night cameras. Designed for a wide variety of applications, from defence, homeland security, and infrastructure security, it is an optimal solution for tactical drone missions where payload capacity and flight time are limited and continuous operation under all conditions is critical.
Asio Technologies was founded in 2003 to serve the defense and paramilitary markets with its specialization in geo-spatial position acquisition systems encompassing navigation, positioning, mission planning, mission management and system integration. Asio Technologies prides itself with several innovative registered patents in positioning and north finding. With core focus on Target Acquisition, Augmented Orientation, Mission Planning and Common Language for the tactical commanding level, Asio’s solutions are based on true operational experience ranging from surveillance and reconnaissance to targeting and weapon guidance. Asio’s operational experience is based on its staff, which served as officers in special forward observation and reconnaissance units of the Special Forces units of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), participating in numerous operations.