Global communications and information technology company Nokia has created an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) traffic management (UTM) concept wherein UAVs use a long-term evolution (LTE) network.
According to Nokia, an LTE network provides a secure foundation for network operators, governments and other authorities to monitor and control drones. The technology provides centralized monitoring and control of UAVs via operators’ existing LTE networks or dedicated LTE networks run by government or public-safety departments.
The technical details include as follows:
- LTE network technology combined with a mobile edge computing platform;
- Drones equipped with LTE dongles, GPS and access modules for telemetry data;
- Computing and processing components to monitor airspace, view and control drone flight paths, and transfer telemetry data and establish dynamic no-flight zones; and
- Mobile app for UAV pilot with UTM interface.
Nokia is currently presenting a real-time demonstration at the United Arab Emirates Drones for Good Award in Dubai on Feb. 4-6.
“We believe that Nokia’s technology will help unlock the multifold possibilities of drones technology – ensuring the safe and secure operation of drones across industry sectors,” says Amer Abdulraoof, deputy coordinator general of the UAE Drones For Good Award.