Verizon, AT&T Driving IoT Into The Sky

 

A major carrier now supports aerial devices connected to its 4G LTE network and another may be close behind. Verizon, in collaboration with American Aerospace Technologies (AATI), just completed a 4G LTE network-connected UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) trial in Virginia. The trial used an unmanned plane from AATI with a wingspan of 17 feet and was designed to test connectivity between aerial platforms and Verizon’s network. The successful test is a first step in extending mobile networks into the sky, demonstrating how Internet of Things with cellular services can be used in the air. “This latest trial demonstrated how emerging technology combined with wireless networks can improve safety and security,” Mike Haberman, vice president of network operations at Verizon said in a statement. “A nationwide reliable 4G LTE network is the foundation for the future of mobile IoT in the air.” The goal of Verizon’s Airborne LTE Operations initiative, which was created in 2014, is to drive widespread adoption of 4G LTE-connected UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) and UAS, according to Verizon. With successful completion of the trial, Verizon has determined that part of its 4G LTE network is now safe to use for in-flight wireless connectivity. As a result, device manufacturers can now submit devices to be certified for aerial connectivity the same way many have been doing for ground-based systems through Verizon’s Open Development program. The pursuit of 4G LTE connectivity in the sky is not limited to Verizon, however. AT&T has a similar initiative and recently teamed up… MORE …

Verizon, AT&T Driving IoT Into The Sky

Source: Mobile Marketing Daily