Altitude Angel & iOCO Form Strategic Alliance to Advance UAM Operations Across South Africa

Altitude Angel, the world’s most trusted unified traffic management (UTM) technology provider, and iOCO, South Africa’s largest ICT solutions supplier, have agreed to form an alliance with the strategic aim of providing the building blocks on which the country’s urban air mobility (UAM) infrastructure can be built and supported.

Capitalizing on the two businesses’ core strengths, the partnership will explore the opportunities surrounding the integration of Altitude Angel’s market-leading UTM technology and iOCO’s significant national infrastructure and relationship network.

Richard Ellis, Altitude Angel, Chief Business Officer, said: “Altitude Angel and iOCO are both committed to opening the skies above South Africa by providing regulators, government departments, airports, landowners, and local businesses with the digital infrastructure needed on which to build a strong and sustainable drone economy.

“Our collaboration with iOCO has great potential, not only for our businesses but also the wider UAM and UAV industries. The developments and deployments we’re able to showcase in South Africa will have real-world applications for business all over the globe which is very exciting.”

Brian Harding, iOCO, Group Executive, added: “iOCO is thrilled to be working with Altitude Angel. Integrating our leading technology with Altitude Angel’s GuardianUTM platform can make BVLOS (beyond visual line of sight) flights an everyday occurrence. iOCO and Altitude Angel have all the components needed to make this a very successful collaboration.”

About Altitude Angel:

Altitude Angel is an award-winning provider of UTM (Unified Traffic Management) software, enabling those planning to operate, or develop UTM/U-Space solutions, to quickly integrate robust data and services with minimum effort.

From a consistent, well-documented and standards-based platform, drone manufacturers such as DJI and cutting-edge software developers around the world use our Developer Platform to obtain rich, relevant and local geofencing data, exchange and share flight plans, de-conflict their own flights in real-time and interface with national flight authorisation systems. A growing portfolio of enhanced capabilities help our customers to comply with current and future regulations and interface with changing national systems with only minimal effort.

Altitude Angel’s first party solutions also power some of the world’s leading ANSPs, aviation authorities and Enterprises, including LVNL (Netherlands) and Avinor (Norway), empowering them with new capabilities to safely manage and integrate drone traffic into national operations.

Today, Altitude Angel’s market-defining technology is providing a critical, enabling service on which the future of UTM, especially in controlled airspace, will be built across the globe.

By unlocking the potential of drones and helping national aviation authorities, ANSPs, developers and enterprise organisations, Altitude Angel is establishing new services to support the growth in the drone industry.

Altitude Angel was founded by Richard Parker in 2014 and is headquartered in Reading, UK.

Altitude Angel’s developer platform is open and available to all at