At the recent UAE Drones for Good Award event held at Dubai from February 4-6, 2016, Nokia showcased an innovative Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Traffic Management (UTM) concept, benefiting the safe operations of drones via LTE. In the demonstration, Nokia exhibited LTE network as a secure platform for network operators, governments and public safety authorities to monitor and control drones.
Although the world approves the benefits of drones in the field of healthcare, logistics, agriculture, news and entertainment, managing them has been a challenge for the authorities. Nokia’s innovation brings in a centralized control system for drones.
In Nokia’s technology, LTE network technology is clubbed with a Mobile Edge Computing platform. The drones will be equipped with LTE dongles, GPS and access modules for generating telemetry data. The technology will also compute and process components to monitor airspace, view and control drone flight paths and transfer telemetry data. There will be a mobile app with UTM interface to make things seamless.
“LTE enables innovative high-bandwidth services for the telecom industry and beyond. With market-leading LTE expertise, Nokia’s UTM concept for operators and authorities can enable the safe operation of drones as part of the development of smart cities in UAE and around the globe. Nokia innovations such as this are well aligned with our vision to expand the human possibilities of technology in the connected world,” said Joachim Wuilmet, head of Customer Marketing and Communications, Middle East and Africa, Nokia in a statement released by the company.
“We believe that Nokia’s technology will help unlock the multi-fold possibilities of drones technology, ensuring the safe and secure operation of drones across industry sectors,” Amer Abdulraoof, Deputy Coordinator General of the UAE Drones For Good Award, said.
The event UAE Drones for Good Award exhibits the latest technologies in drones and its diverse uses in various sectors.