US: TEOCO, the provider of analytics, assurance and optimization solutions to over 300 communication service providers (CSPs) and OEMs worldwide, has launched AirborneUTM, a Service Enablement Platform for unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs). Designed to support the next generation of IoT Services delivered via drones, the platform combines Airspace, Radio-Signal-Space (3D radio coverage), environmental data (wind and weather), as well as cost and regulatory information to enable, optimize and operate autonomous flight plans and missions.
Autonomous UAV operation requires 3D radio connectivity for command & control, communication, authentication and tracking. Wireless operators are perfectly positioned to provide these capabilities, as they have been providing them for the past 25 years in 2D environments. Now it is time to expand to 3D. The AirborneUTM platform allows CSPs to handle and register UAVs, while creating, planning and optimizing operations to ensure full regulatory compliance. This includes support for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flights, which are not restricted by how far the pilot can see. The platform uses machine learning algorithms to enable dynamic UAV flight operation – including real-time airspace control – while open interfaces will help the integration of the platform with other ecosystem solutions.
For CSPs eager to re-invent their core connectivity business, digital and IoT vertical use cases represent an opportunity for differentiation and monetization, to drive upstream and adjacent revenues. The commercial use of an unmanned autonomous vehicle is expected to increase exponentially across a range of industry verticals, including infrastructure, agriculture, transport, insurance, telecommunications and others. PwC has recently estimated the total market value of drone-powered solutions at over US$127bn.
“The use of drones for commercial services – from inspecting towers to agriculture, from delivery to emergency and rescue services – will be hugely disruptive and provides great opportunities for operators,” explained Thomas Neubauer, Vice President of Innovations. “TEOCO’s UAV Service Enablement Platform helps CSPs to reimagine the use of a key asset such as radio space and gives them a unique opportunity to position themselves as the partner to help support and monetize future IoT vertical use cases. By enabling and optimizing these services, while providing real-time analysis, CSPs will be in a position to drive a new era of drone-powered disruption.”