Training Center for UAV Operators in Nigeria
Asseco has opened and runs a certified training centre for operators of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) along with a maintenance centre in Nigeria. Since 2018 the Company has been organising and conducting training for the operators. The project is a result of the cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Technology from the Lagos State in Nigeria.
Asseco’s cooperation with the Nigerian government administration takes place within the framework of an agreement concluded in 2017. The solutions provided by Asseco will be the essential component of the Geographical Information System (eGIS) currently under implementation in the Lagos State. It will enable, among others, a more effective planning of this African region’s development and management of land administration resources, as well as monitoring of environmental pollution.
The launch of the training centre was the first stage of the project in Nigeria. The official opening was attended by a representative of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Lagos State – Commissioner Hakeem Popoola Fahm and Simon Melchior, CEO of Asseco Nigeria. In turn, Asseco Poland was represented by Mr. Zdzisław Wiater, Director of the Security Sector Solutions and International Institutions Divisions of Asseco Poland and Tomasz Mosiej, Chief Architect of Unmanned Systems. During the visit to Nigeria, a meeting was also held with the representatives of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority to discuss the future operation of the unmanned aerial vehicles in the airspace of Nigeria.
The training centre developed by Asseco in Lagos is the first investment of its kind in the region and one of the first in Africa. Ultimately, it will train about 100 people per year. The scope of training will include the operation and use of multirotor platforms and airframes, as well as software support for building a digital terrain model. The workshops will be conducted by experts from Asseco Poland and Asseco Nigeria, said Zdzisław Wiater.
The next stage of the project was to provide provide unmanned vehicles to perform long-distance photogrammetric missions over the Lagos State. The solution consist of two control stations – Asseco Ground Control Station (Asseco GCS) with software and the Asseco Universal Simulation Environment (Asseco USE), which is a flight simulation system. Asseco has also trained the operators and conducted tests of the system operation.