CES 2020: Developing drones to become roaming communication relays

09 January 2020
One of the potential drones that could be used in cellular communication network. Source: Blue Innovation

Blue Innovation Co. Ltd. signed an agreement with Kyocera Corp. to develop new drone solutions specifically for remote areas and to aid in disaster relief.

The solution will involve flying multiple drones with mobile relay station functions in areas where mobile phone signals do not reach or where they may be disabled in a disaster. These drones would form a moving communication network that could provide smartphone communication if other methods fail.

As part of the agreement, Blue Innovation’s Blue Earth Platform will be used for the front-end system to remote control several drones and Kyocera’s wireless communication technology will be used to move the drone communication relay in the air. As such, a roaming drone-enabled communication relay station will be possible.

The two companies showcased the development of the drone technology at this week’s CES 2020 taking place in Las Vegas. The companies will begin field testing the system under LTE and 5G networks in March with an aim to commercialize the system thereafter.

Samples of these devices will be on display at the Blue innovation booth during CES 2020, which is being held in Las Vegas Jan. 7-10 (LVCC, South Hall 2 No. 26820). The companies will begin field testing under LTE and 5G networks, aiming toward commercialization by March 2022 in accordance with legislative amendments.

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