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Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson : VODAFONE NETWORK TAKES TO THE SKY TO ENSURE SAFE PASSAGE FOR DRONES; Vodafone and Ericsson trial establishes automated flight paths for connected drones
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The technological breakthrough will allow professional drone operators, critical national infrastructure providers and emergency services to deliver medical, commercial and industrial supplies safe in the knowledge that they will arrive at the correct destination on time whilst remaining connected to the mobile network.
In a proof of concept trial conducted this month at Vodafone's 5G
Vodafone can provide these two key pieces of information to trusted third parties via Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to enable users to quickly and easily plot a pre-determined path for the drone, ensuring constant contact with the control centre, even when out of sight. In this scenario, Vodafone could offer a hospital access, via an API, to non-sensitive network information to send a drone to a scene of an accident.
As part of a separate test simulation, Vodafone in
"APIs will speed up the adoption of drones for commercial and public sector use, bringing many benefits such as being able to assess fires, deliver medical supplies, and help businesses survey hazardous conditions like construction sites, power lines and our own mobile masts, quicker and more safely."
Erik Ekudden, Senior Vice President, CTO and Head of Group Function Technology of
"Smarter network capabilities on our reliable mobile network will enable key industries such as healthcare, construction, and agriculture to accelerate site deployment, reduce health and safety hazards, and help save lives. With this technology, service providers can expand their cellular IoT services for enterprises and confidently meet regulatory guidelines. This is another milestone in
Telco as a Service (TaaS)
Cellular-connected drones form part of Vodafone's multi-year journey to redefine its technology architecture on a 'Telco as a Service' ('TaaS') model, based on platforms that deliver new software, video and data applications at scale (see page 8 of the
As part of the trial, Vodafone and
This trial builds on work carried out by Vodafone and
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