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AirMap adopts Microsoft Azure as it develops drone airspace technology into 2019

by Eamon McCarthy Earls
Assistant Editor,

At the end of October, AirMap, an airspace management provider for drone technology announced its adoption of Microsoft Azure to host its drone traffic management platform and developer ecosystem, as well as reach customers in other countries. A senior AirMap executive has explained further how the company plans to leverage Azure moving forward and why the company adopted the cloud platform in the first place.

AirMap's Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Platform, or UTM connects with airspace regulators and integrates with drone manufacturers such as Intel, DJI, senseFly, Matternet, 3DR and DroneDeploy. Additionally, Microsoft's M12 venture fund is an investor in the platform.

To date, AirMap's largest deployment is with the Swiss air navigation provider, Skyguide, and is in use in an integrated form by Swiss Post and Matternet to transport laboratory samples between Tiefenau Hospital and University Hospital Insel in Bern. The deployment in Switzerland allows air traffic authorities to enforce drone flight rules.

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About Eamon McCarthy Earls

As the assistant editor at, Eamon helps to oversee editorial content on the site and supports site management and strategy. He can be reached at

Before joining, Eamon was editor for at TechTarget, where he covered networking technology, IoT, and cybersecurity. He is also the author of multiple books and previously contributed to publications such as the Boston Globe, Milford Daily News, and DefenceWeb.