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MoCIIP sets drone standards to boost innovation

9 Jan 2024 MoCIIP sets drone standards to boost innovation By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – The Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Investment Promotion (MoCIIP) has on Tuesday announced standard specifications and technical requirements for drones to streamline their operations in the sultanate.

Marking a significant step in fostering the country’s trade and industry sector, the ministry finalised the specifications to ensure product quality, thereby enhancing the investment environment and boosting innovation in the country.

According to a statement by MoCIIP, the new standards encompass various technical aspects. ‘These include testing methods for drones and their electrical power systems, defining configuration and functional requirements, and establishing flight controls for multi-copter drones,’ the ministry added.

The specifications also mandate the provision of a flight control system, including a controller, a navigation unit, as well as a unit for fault diagnosis and management.

The requirements for flight planners and recorders have also been specified under these new guidelines.

The ministry’s move comes in the wake of its efforts last year to raise awareness about the importance and potential of these remote-controlled flying robots.

MoCIIP organised a competition focused on drones equipped with advanced artificial intelligence systems last year.

The annual event was complemented by workshops and training courses designed to develop and refine the skills of the participants, highlighting the ministry’s commitment to promoting innovation and efficiency in production through the use of drones.

These developments not only underscore Oman’s dedication to technological advancement but also reflect its vision to create a competitive, innovative environment that leverages modern technology for economic growth.

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