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5G done testing by BT Labs prove successful

5G to control drones and keep them airborne

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In a test carried out by uVue, a drone was successfully operated over BT’s pre-5G network slicing testbed at BT Labs, Martlesham in Suffolk.

The network slice (which is a virtual network partitioned away from the main network with dynamically allocated resources), apparently worked perfectly, with Maria Cuevas, BT’s Head of Converged Core Network and Services Research noting that:

“The demonstration was most effective in showing that we are able to protect a private ‘slice’ of the network for uVue’s drone as the rest of the network was deliberately overloaded. The slice allocated to drone control remained perfectly functional and stable, enabling the drone to remain responsive to the pilot’s control at all times.”

And this wasn’t just a fluke, as well over 100 flights were executed, proving that this is a viable method of drone control.

And not only is it viable, but also advantageous, as it allows drones to operate with existing air traffic control systems, and even in its pre-5G state is capable of streaming high-definition video from the drones across the network at low latency – in this case allowing the footage to be displayed to an audience.

Russ Delaney, Director of Tech Ops at uVue, an ex-British Army helicopter instructor and drone pilot summed up the potential, saying:

“I was delighted at how responsive the drone control was over the mobile network and at how reliable the private slice was. Delivery of real-time low latency HD video footage back over the network provided a completely new standard for ‘eye in the sky’. This is a key milestone in UAV development, showing that cellular networks have immense potential to provide uncompromised drone control and hence air safety.

The video below simply shows a uVue drone demonstration, not connected to the trials performed at BT Labs.

Source: 5G James Rogerson

South Korea rolls out LTE Drones for First Responders

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KT Corporation has unveiled technologies that are part of a public safety project to enable fire, police and rescue responders to better communicate with each other using everday devices.

South Korean telco KT Corperation on Tuesday demonstrated new technologies engineered to better respond to disasters or public safety crises in remote areas, including a mobile network server that can deliver LTE coverage mounted from a backpack.

In Pyeongchang in the country’s Gangwon Province, the telco demonstrated the LTE Backpack, a lightweight network mini-base station designed to be deployed on the fly and in remote areas, such as at sea or in the mountains; along with its Drone LTE, specially armed with telecom modules as well as video and thermal cameras to facilitate search and rescue operations by first responders.

The LTE drone and backpack were displayed as part of a multi-billion dollar emergency communications infrastructure project dubbed Public Safety LTE, which will enable fire, police and rescue responders to better communicate with each other using everyday devices.

The technologies can be effectively used for search and rescue operations because they work together using the emergency IT infrastructure, according to Oh Sung-mok, KT network division head and company vice president.

South Korea is in the process of building a national public safety network to be used by the military, police, fire department, transportation department and other agencies — a project worth 2 trillion won ($1.74 billion) tentatively projected to roll out next year. The project became prioritised after the Sewol disaster last year, in which over 300 people died after a ferry capsized. The heavy casualty was blamed on late responses.

KT and SK Telecom were officially chosen to participate in the project, while handset makers Samsung and Pantech are also in talks to supply specially made devices that will be a boon to their enterprise businesses.

KT will also deploy its “Triple GiGA Network” of satellite, fiber optics, and microwave technology to make sure the communication links stay connected in case one or two of them malfunction. “KT can contribute to making the nation safer by leveraging KT’s LTE network technology,” Oh said in a statement.

The telco also teamed up with local handset makers and other companies to roll out smartphones and walkie-talkies running on the public safety networks.

Source: Philip Iglauer-ZDNET