Enhancing Air Mobility: AIS’s Role in the Creation of OptiX


Author: Austin, Software Engineer III
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AIS plays a key role in OptiX, a highly collaborative effort aimed at designing and building a groundbreaking digital infrastructure system for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM). This system facilitates crewed and uncrewed flights in and around urban environments, paving the way for the services of tomorrow.

As an engineer involved in the development of OptiX, I’ve had the privilege of working closely with our partners at ResilienX, Sunhillo Corporation, OneSky, HF Designworks, Anzen Unmanned and TruWeather Solutions to create this next-generation technology supporting the safe and efficient use of airspace in our cities. OptiX itself serves as an operations hub for AAM, providing pilots and command center operators with vital information needed to oversee and coordinate large numbers of simultaneous flights. It’s a culmination of diverse talents and specialties coming together to address the pressing needs of the AAM sector.

Our key contribution to OptiX is with the development of a technology called Artemis. Artemis is built on AIS’s Incident Response Framework, Metasponse, a high-TRL (TRL-9) capability that provides agent-less interaction with remote endpoints using existing administrative interfaces. Artemis utilizes and extends Metasponse’s core functionality to provide automated cybersecurity posture monitoring and threat mitigation for AAM environments. AIS leveraged its extensive knowledge and experience in threat detection and malware hunting to develop a set of diverse data collection, analysis and reporting capabilities for Artemis that are designed specifically for emerging AAM ecosystems.

AIS’s Incident Response Framework

The team has already deployed Optix in the Syracuse BVLOS corridor and we are currently preparing for broader deployment in October 2024. I am confident Optix will meet the needs in this emerging sector.

The success of OptiX is a testament to the power of collaboration and the invaluable contributions of each partner involved. Together, we are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in air mobility, and I am excited to see the impact that OptiX will have on the industry in the years to come.

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