AT&T and Intel to Test LTE Network for UAVs


AT&T and Intel have agreed to test how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can function on a long-term evolution (LTE) network.

According to AT&T, connecting drones over the network will help address safety and security concerns, real-time communications, potential interference with manned aircraft, and supporting future capabilities (such as flying beyond the visual line of sight) as they are approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The AT&T Internet of Things (IoT) team and the AT&T Foundry innovation center in Palo Alto, Calif., will collaborate with Intel to evaluate the performance of the LTE network at higher altitudes. They will be testing to see how it affects UAV video streaming, transmitting telematics and flight information.

“AT&T and Intel will be testing how the network can enable the most exciting business use cases for drones,” explains Chris Penrose, senior vice president of IoT solutions for AT&T.

“Our LTE network is uniquely positioned to connect industries like delivery, agriculture, construction and insurance. We’re using the network to transfer important information, images and video quickly and efficiently – far beyond the boundaries of short-range connectivity,” continues Penrose.

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Intel will show off the Yuneec Typhoon H drone with Intel RealSense technology, which will stream video and telematics from the air over LTE and use the AT&T core network.

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