AT&T and Intel have announced an agreement to test how drones work on a network. The two companies will be testing drones on the LTE network to see how video streaming, transmitting telematics and flight information are affected.
“AT&T and Intel will be testing how the network can enable the most exciting business use cases for drones,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president of IoT Solutions at AT&T. “Our LTE network is uniquely positioned to connect industries like delivery, agriculture, construction and insurance. We’re using the network to transfer important information, images and video quickly and efficiently—far beyond the boundaries of short range connectivity.”
Intel will be working with AT&T’s IoT team and its Foundry innovation center to test drones. According to the companies, connecting drones over a network will help address safety, security, real-time communication, potential interference and beyond-line-of-sight challenges.
“This engagement pushes the boundaries in the UAV industry and will pave the way to a connected world in the Internet of Things,” said Anil Nanduri, vice president of the New Technology Group and general manager of New Markets within the Perceptual Computing Lab at Intel. “Intel believes UAVs have great potential, from inspections [and] precision agriculture, to deliveries of consumer goods and providing emergency disaster relief. We want to grow this market through our collaborations and by integrating new technologies and compute to UAVs.”