Mobile phone network operator Swisscom has teamed up with analytics specialist TEOCO to allow UAVs to connect to its network.
The move is intended to increase safety and security in the low-level airspace occupied by drones using a mobile phone network.
TEOCO’s AirborneRF technology has already been employed in several locations globally, providing risk analysis and flight management services for commercial drones.
“Swisscom’s reliable and secure mobile network is ready to support UAVs,” said Dr. Rico Schwendener, head of innovation at Swisscom. “Our joint development cooperation will further help us providing the required levels of mobile broadband connectivity to support safe and reliable flights for UAVs, servicing a wide range of different use cases.”
“The aviation industry considers connectivity a given, but mobile networks are highly dynamic and by default not designed or optimized to support aviation,” said Thomas Neubauer, VP business development at TEOCO. “Swisscom clearly recognizes this challenge but also understands what a great opportunity commercial UAVs can provide, beyond the provision of basic connectivity.
“With our AirborneRF solution, we can help operators determine where it is safe to fly within their radio network and connect them with the aviation ecosystem. We have proven experience of deploying AirborneRF with other tier-one operators around the world and can share our experiences to drive uptake of commercial UAV traffic.”
A mobile phone network provider prominent in the drone industry is also driving the use of its services.
Recently, Vodafone completed a survey that showed how public perception of drones was positively changing.