Vodafone completes first European trials of long distance drone flight tracking and control tech
ANASIA D'MELLO | November 22, 2018
In the first trial of its kind in Europe, Vodafone Group, an Internet of Things (IoT) service provider for business, says it has successfully demonstrated how mobile networks could support the European’s Commission’s vision of safe long distance drone flights. IoT technologies bring Internet-connected network intelligence to a wide range of devices at work, home and on the move. Regulators will need technology support to ensure drones are constantly monitored when flying ‘beyond visual line of sight’ (BVLOS) and to enforce no fly zones around sensitive buildings (including schools, hospitals, prisons, government buildings and chemical plants). A study commissioned by the European Union (EU) estimates that a regulated drone services industry could contribute in excess of €15 billion annually to the European economy by 2050, with over 100,000 new jobs created.