Nokia debuts CE-certified 5G drone-in-a-box solution for smart cities, construction, energy

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Nokia debuts CE-certified 5G drone-in-a-box solution for smart cities, construction, energy

Nokia has unveiled a CE-certified 5G automated “drone-in-a-box” solution designed to meet the needs of construction, public safety agencies, energy and defense customers.

The solution uses 4G/LTE and 5G networks to provide situational awareness for first responders and related professionals.

Meanwhile, Nokia MXIE allows data from drones to be collected and processed in real-time at the edge cloud. Nokia and third-party applications and systems can integrate through an open API framework, allowing agencies and enterprises to benefit from public safety. Industry 4.0 uses cases such as tracking, identifying objects and measuring networks.

Thomas Eder, the head of Embedded Wireless Solutions at Nokia, says: “Our mission is to reshape the industrial UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) market, providing enhanced situational awareness to aid search and rescue, surveillance and other UAV operations in a wide variety of industries.”

Nokia’s solution for drone operations combines drones, a docking station, a dual gimbal camera and edge cloud processing to deliver reliable data streaming over 4G/LTE and 5G networks. Cellular connectivity enables faster data rates and less delay, which means it can stream more data compared to Wi-Fi, Nokia says.

Additionally, operations with Real-Time Kinetic (RTK) positioning and beyond a visual line of sight (BVLOS) capabilities increase situational awareness. With dual modem connectivity, Nokia drones can connect to multiple networks simultaneously, meeting aviation requirements.

“Nokia Drone Networks has been designed to comply with the remote operation requirements of aviation regulatory bodies such as EASA in Europe and FAA in the United States,” states Eder.

He continues that this approach will enable us to meet escalating market needs by providing a European-developed, manufactured solution.

Nokia drones offer long flight times and cover large distances because of their unique hardware architecture, integrated software innovations and 4G/5G connectivity.

Nokia Drone Networks also provides a remote-operated solution for search and rescue activities, damage assessment in hazardous areas and regular remote equipment inspections. Its docking station protects the drone and payload from hazards and inclement weather while it remotely recharges the drone.

Nokia will showcase the solution at its booth at Critical Communications World in Helsinki from May 23-25, 2023.

Last month, Nokia released new third-party applications for its MX Industrial Edge (MXIE) platform. These applications help enterprises securely gather data from their operational technology (OT) assets. According to Nokia, their ecosystem-neutral approach will speed up digital transformation by utilizing the GPU capability that was recently added to Nokia’s MXIE on-premises OT edge solution.

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