5G Drone-in-a-Box Solution for Industrial Operations Announced by Nokia

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By Patrick Arnold
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Nokia revealed their turnkey automated 5G Drone-in-a-Box solution designed to meet the increasing demand from the public safety, smart city, construction, energy, and defense industries. The Nokia Drone Networks solution is CE-certified for use in the European Union and connects via public and private 4G/LTE and 5G networks.

The package includes the Nokia drones, a docking station to facilitate 24/7 remote operations 5G Drone-in-a-Boxand charging, a dual-gimbal camera, and edge cloud processing using Nokia MX Industrial Edge (MXIE). The combination of redundant dual-modem connectivity and access to private and public 4G and 5G networks enables reliable, low-latency transmission suitable for a remote airborne device.

The Nokia Drone Networks solution can be remotely operated, facilitating activities such as search and rescue as well as hazardous environment operations. Autonomous flights can also be scheduled in advance for equipment inspections or other regular tasks. The docking station shields the drone and payload from the environment while it charges to prepare for the next operation. Depending on the configuration, Nokia drones can remain in flight for more than 50 minutes and cover a range of more than 30 kilometers.

When used in conjunction with Nokia MXIE, data from Nokia drones can be collected and processed in real time at the edge cloud. An open API framework allows agencies and enterprises to onboard pre-integrated Nokia and third-party applications for object identification, tracking and more, making the drone a flying data collection platform.

Nokia Drone Networks was designed for compliance with the remote operation requirements of organizations, such as the FAA in the United States and the EASA in Europe. Nokia and the New York Power Authority have already demonstrated the use of the Nokia Drone Networks solution, connected over private LTE, for transmission line inspection.

The solution will be featured during Critical Communications World in Helsinki, May 23-25, 2023.

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