Over the past few years, small unmanned aerial vehicles have been deployed in public safety applications including
When it comes to communication technologies such as LTE, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi, there are plenty of restrictions
“The biggest strengths of 5G are high throughput and low latency,” said Lian Jye Su, a Principal Analyst at ABI Research. “The high throughput enables the seamless transmission of high-resolution images and videos that are critical for search and rescue missions. Low latency, on the other hand, allows sUAVs to be controlled by a centralized command and control in beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flight. Path and route information, sensor information, geospatial, and telemetry data can be exchanged with the command and control almost instantaneously.”
As the number of
Mission critical use cases require reliability and the ability to scale operations. 5G comes along with the potential to solve some of the many challenges that are faced in public safety applications. According to Su,
“The telecommunications industry will start to roll out 5G equipment and devices in 2019 and it is just a matter of time before we start to see 5G sUAVs being deployed by public safety agencies.”
5G systems will offer heightened levels of programmability along with the flexibility to meet different demands, enabling new mission-critical applications like robots and agricultural equipment. In addition, we could see a variety of new augmented reality applications such as building inspection and in flight simulators that could benefit from the bandwidth and data transfer capabilities of 5G.
Read ABI Research’s 5G Use Cases in sUAS application analysis report.