Connected Skies: First webinar announced for March 18

Following the announcement by the Global UTM Association (GUTMA) of the replacement of the recently cancelled Connected Skies event (which had been due to take place during MWC 2020 in Barcelona) with a series of Connected Skies webinars, GUTMA has announced the first webinar in the series will take place on 18 March 18, 2020.

According to an association statement:

“GUTMA will aim to organise a series of short public virtual Connected Skies Webinars between now and 2nd of June when Harmonized Skies Singapore event takes place….Following the success of the first edition of GUTMA’s Connected Skies conference in Portland (OR) in 2019, GUTMA is hosting a follow-on online, where decision makers and influencers from both the mobile telecommunication and unmanned aviation industries will meet to strengthen the bridge between telcos and aviators.GUTMA Connected Skies – ONLINE aims to cross-pollinate the two industries and drive a harmonious integration of manned and unmanned aviation in the skies.”

The first on-line event is entitled “Drone operations today” and will take place on 18 March 2020, CET 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Drone operators and mobile network operators will present and discuss current use cases where mobile networks are being used to help drone operations and will outline the business case for each use case and also the benefits for public safety. Speakers include Jonathan Evans (Skyward), Reinaldo Negron (Wing) and Dan Czerwonka (Zipline).

Further webinars in the series are:

  • Where are MNOs investing in drones today?

Are you interested in learning more about the growing capabilities of mobile networks and the benefits these provide to the drone industry? Join this session to hear opinions from a wide range of industry experts on how mobile communication can help improve the connected skies of the future.

  • Advanced use of connectivity for drone operations

5G Networks will enable new drone operations such as drone displays and swarms of crop-spraying robots. How will 5G help to scale operations, increase efficiency without compromising safety and security? Reliable drone-to-drone communication and drone-to-ground devices (e.g. local weather stations, differential GPS beacons) will help to develop these new services! How will new connectivity services enable advanced drone operations and create a new era for aviation? Corner use cases, such as sense and avoid, 4K live video, remote and FPV (first person view) piloting, immersive flying and real-time image change detection will be presented.

  • Supplemental data services for drones – technical implications

Which supplemental data services can be provided for Drones? E.g., aviation weather, terrain and obstacle data, network coverage and service level, information about critical infrastructure, local events and flight restrictions, etc.

  • Drone services at the edge – business implications

What data can be collected, processed and stored at the edge of the mobile network to increase the scalability and value of drone services.

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