AT&T and Intel are working to test how drones work on the LTE networks used by mobile devices.
The companies will be working to solve major issues in the space, including connectivity, according to a statement released Sunday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
AT&T’s Internet of Things team and its Foundry innovation center will be working with chip giant Intel to assess the performance of the LTE network at higher altitudes. The companies will be testing to see how altitude affects video streaming, transmitting flight information and the likes of GPS data.
The firms say that connecting drones over the LTE network will help address safety and security concerns and potential interference with manned aircraft. The companies say that the network could also support future drone capabilities as they are approved by the FAA, such as operators flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) beyond their line of sight.
“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 Intel's New Technology Group at Intel, in the press release. “Intel believes UAVs have great potential, from inspections, 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.”
Intel is using the Mobile World Congress event to showcase the Yuneec Typhoon H drone running the chipmaker’s RealSense camera technology.