On Friday, August 12, AirMap officially launched the AirMap Platform for anyone who wants to build software for drones, apps, and web. Drone manufacturers and app developers can now integrate AirMap’s best-in-class airspace information and services into their products.

More than sixty developers from all over the country joined us at our offices in Santa Monica for the event, which included a formal overview of the AirMap Platform by Ben Marcus, CEO, Matt Koskela, Head of Product, and Rocky Demoff, Director of Mobile as well as one-on-one office hours with AirMap developers.

The launch is a critical step forward in unlocking the potential of the drone industry by enabling and supporting drone innovators with AirMap’s best-in-class airspace intelligence and awareness technology:

  • The AirMap Map SDK can be used to easily bring global airspace maps to drone operators. Bringing this airspace information to end users in a simple way will help answer that question and further accelerate adoption and drone sales.
  • The AirMap Pilot API allows developers to integrate an AirMap Account log-in into their drone, app, or web project for easy identification and profile authentication across devices.
  • The AirMap Status API makes it simple to give end users a very easy answer about whether or not any particular place is a safe place to fly.
  • The AirMap Flight API allows you to give your end users the ability to give digital notice where required.For example, in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, the U.S. Congress mandated that hobbyist drone operators give notice of their flights when flying within five miles of an airport. We partnered with the American Association of Airport Executives, which represents executives at 850 of America’s biggest airports, to launch the Digital Notice and Awareness System, or D-NAS. The system also allows the airport to set up automatic messaging to operators, alerting them to various airspace conditions depending upon where exactly that drone operation is happening near the airport.
  • The AirMap iOS SDK and Android SDK let you get up and running quickly with interactive airspace data for your iOS and Android applications.

Over six hundred app developers and manufacturers are now signed up for the AirMap Platform.

The Intel® Aero Platform gives developers a quick way to build and launch their own drone applications on the AirMap SDK. DJI’s GEO system, which uses AirMap’s API to alert users to various airspace considerations near their area of operation and also geofences drones where there might be some critical safety consideration, like wildfires. Other examples of AirMap developer partners include: DroneLogbook, which launched its airspace feature last week, 3DR, which provides airspace alerts when you open the Solo App, as well as an airspace map, and drone enthusiast apps like Hover and KittyHawk, which have quite a following. The FAA-industry collaboration Know Before You Fly website is also leveraging AirMap’s services. View more at our partner showcase here.

The success of our industry depends upon both technical and business collaborations. We are in the very nascent stage of an amazing movement towards drone enablement. The launch of the AirMap Platform marks a big step towards our drone-filled future.