Drone Based Cellular Augmentation


Drones are finding many new and interesting applications in a wide variety of commercial and industrial fields.  It all began with aerial photography, originally for the real estate industry.  Then, drone applications evolved in many different directions simultaneously.  A few modern examples of high value drone applications include agriculture with LiDAR imaging of the crops, thermal imagery searches for leaks on utility transmission lines, and ultra high-resolution mapping and survey work of the nap of the earth terrain for mine sites.


Now, the telecommunication industry is looking at using drones to augment the terrestrial cellular based networks for special circumstances.


When major storms strike and damage telecom infrastructure, people are without communications and critical lifelines to get rescued, notify love ones of their location, and seek help to restore facilities.  It takes time to restore damaged infrastructure and the first issue is access to cell sites.  After a major…

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