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Vodafone completes first European trial of tracking and control for long distance drone flights

November 23, 2018 / IoT.Business.News

In the first trial of its kind in Europe, Vodafone Group 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 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. European businesses are considering using drones for a broad range of tasks including: the rapid delivery of small, high-value payloads (like medical supplies), the monitori...