As a partner, we will be showcasing our product and technology integrated with the BT 4G LTE network infrastructure as well as Mobile Edge Computing solution for the full BT Innovation week. BT’s major customers, VIPs and the general public will be witnessing a world premiere; autonomous drone fleets in operation simply using 4G LTE.
For the first time there is the provision of a drone-as-a-service platform over 4G LTE and Mobile Edge Computing, indoors, in a fully-GPS-denied environment. You will see multiple drones taking-off, flying and performing precision landing routines indoors in perfect synchronisation, safely, reliably and repeatedly. Unmanned Life enables these drone fleets to operate without the use of any GPS or beacons, external cameras or other motion capture equipment, and 100% autonomously, without the involvement of any drone pilots.
This ground-breaking achievement is possible through the use of Unmanned Life’s software platform which creates and manages drones-as-a-service for commercial and industrial purposes for Fortune 500 customers across the globe.
“In 2015, there were more than 60 million cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) connections in North America alone, and by 2020, that number will reach 175 million, according to a new study from the GSMA. Scalar Market Research estimates that the IoT market will be worth $1.47 trillion this year, and reach nearly $3 trillion by 2022. The global telcos [like BT] sit in the middle of this – they interconnect all of these devices (along with everything else we use in modern communications today) by hosting “edge” locations in every city and town worldwide. Because of this, telcos are perfectly positioned to support the IoT market by bringing intelligence to the edge in the form of mobile edge computing (MEC).” Sanjay Aiyagari, Senior Solutions Architect for Telco, Red Hat.
MEC’s goal is to provide on-premises computing that can run independently from the core network, with proximity and location-aware services that capture and analyse key information from the edge. An MEC architecture is perfect for M2M and IoT systems. This technology stack puts an end to unpredictable WiFi latency issues whilst keeping most of the IoT communications, like the drone-to-drone communication inside the customer’s premises, enhancing safety and reliability.
BT, the major global telecom and solutions player, has scanned multiple companies across the globe before choosing UML as the provider of choice for this cutting-edge service for its large enterprise customers.
The implications of this break-through is that along with BT (and other similar telcos), Unmanned Life’s autonomous drone-as-a-service can now be easily deployed by companies inside their factories, just as they would use mobile phones today, keeping communication volumes, speed and reliability under control.