Verizon is continuing to expand how it utilizes new forms of technology to keep its network up and running during a severe weather event or another disaster.
Earlier this week, the New York-based telecom giant tested a long endurance drone with a 17-foot wingspan that could provide wireless coverage, using a "flying cell site."
The drone, piloted by American Aerospace Technologies, was tested at Woodbine Municipal Airport in Woodbine, New Jersey.
Below is a video of the drone taking off:
What happens if you lose coverage during severe weather? Send in a long endurance drone with 17 ft wingspan @verizon@AmericanAeroInc pic.twitter.com/OAeuOURl4J— Alex Lawson (@ALawNC) April 5, 2017
“This new test builds upon our leadership in conducting the first successful demonstration in the U.S. for providing aerial coverage from a long-endurance medium altitude aircraft with AATI in Cape May last October,” said Christopher Desmond, Verizon Network in a statement.
The testing was done via a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) issued by the Federal Aviation Administration to Cape May County and could be used in county, state and federal situations to help emergency responders.