Nevada signs autonomous systems agreement with Poland and JSW

The Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) has signed a letter of intent with Polish coking coal producing company JSW
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The culmination of NIAS' visit was a collaboration letter of intent signing ceremony. Photo: JSW, JSW Innovation and NIAS

Staff reporter

PRESS RELEASE: The unmanned autonomous systems (UAS) commercial drone industry in Poland is currently booming, similar to the boom being seen in the US. One of the leading entities in this commercial autonomous systems market is JSW, a company that makes the core ingredient for steel with a US$2.5 billion market capitalisation.

Under the Poland Nevada International Trade Agreement formed in October 2017 by Governor Brian Sandoval and the Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED), NIAS was called upon to create a formal memorandum of understanding (MOU) relationship with the 90-year veteran Institute of Aviation, Warsaw (ILOT).

A year ago, JSW Innovation was created to innovate throughout the JSW mining company's portfolio of plants and deep shaft mines with autonomous systems. JSW Innovation also engineers aerial drones, sponsors Mars Rover vehicle projects, and is advancing the Polish Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) system within the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA).

During its follow-up visit to Poland the week of August 20, 2018, NIAS was given keys to the JSW operational mining sites and observed the internal coke production and observed how JSW is innovating in the field of autonomous systems with senior JSW Innovation staff. The culmination of this visit was a collaboration letter of intent signing ceremony signalling a major step in bringing NIAS into the Polish and global autonomous systems industry as a leading partner.

Paul Anderson, executive director of the Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development, said: "This dynamic collaboration between JSW and NIAS is an example of Poland and Nevada's continued dedication to be leaders in the unmanned aerial systems industry."

Daniel Ozon, president of the JSW management board, commented: "For Polish mining to be competitive, it should invest in the most innovative technologies. JSW is open to cooperation with global companies that offer modern technological solutions. That is why I am very pleased that we have begun a cooperation with NIAS, which is a global leader in this field."

Dr Chris Walach, executive/senior director of NIAS, added: "We are very impressed with JSW Innovation and their technological advancements this past year. We agreed to do what no other global location is doing, which is to create the first Center of Excellence (COE) focused on mining safety, public safety, and technology that could have the duel-purpose to conduct mining operations on the Moon, Mars, or on a nearby asteroid. This means we are creating the first joint Autonomous Systems Test Center in both Nevada and Poland that will advance earth-based and intergalactic autonomous vehicle mining technology. This is a first for the State of Nevada and we hope to attract NASA, Nevada Mining and commercial space companies to partner with us."

This was the first high-level signing between the president of the JSW management board and an external US entity (NIAS) in its 25-year history. The cooperation intent letter focuses on autonomous systems, exchange of experience in the field of concepts, projects, technological solutions, direct cooperation to implement unmanned aerial systems into the US National Airspace System and advancing autonomous mining technology.

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