SESAR GOF2 consortium tests 5G communications in a virtual exercise in Austria

Members of the SESAR GOF2.0 research consortium have completed a virtual exercise in Austria to test 5G communications.

Günter Graf, Director New Business Development at Frequentis said: “On 5 October we were able to successfully demonstrate the first live end-to-end telecom-aviation data integration in Austria, together with the Austrian mobile network operator Drei and Dimetor, in the context of a simulated trial of the GOF 2.0 project.”

Austrian 5G network provider Drei partnered with communications software house Dimetor and information systems provider Frequentis to conduct the virtual test. Drei deployed Dimetor’s AirborneRF platform and provided critical connectivity and ground risk information for the flight of BVLOS drones. The data was integrated into the airspace management platforms of Frequentis.

The results of these implementations demonstrate and validate that the Drei mobile network in its current configuration is capable of facilitating safe UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) flights. Drei is currently looking for interested parties to jointly demonstrate and develop innovative drone use cases. Various new use cases are made possible by drones being connected to 5G and thus e.g. delivering high solution live-images during a fire fighter operation from the location to the arriving fire brigade vehicle. 5G not only delivers the needed safety critical communication and capacity for various drone use cases, but also the relevant connection quality.

The results of these implementations demonstrate and validate that the Drei mobile network in its current configuration is capable of facilitating safe Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) flights. Drei is currently looking for interested parties to jointly demonstrate and develop innovative drone use cases. Various new use cases are made possible by drones being connected to 5G and thus e.g. delivering high solution live-images during a fire fighter operation from the location to the arriving fire brigade vehicle. 5G not only delivers the needed safety critical communication and capacity for various drone use cases, but also the relevant connection quality.

“Early adoption of innovation is part of Drei’s DNA from the beginning,” said Matthias Baldermann, CTO of Drei. “We have just been recognized as the fastest 5G network in Austria. Pairing this network with connected drones provides a perfect platform for our customers enabling new innovative business solutions.”

Reliable real-time communication between drone flight operators, aviation authorities and 3rd parties involved is critical for the deployment of innovative drone use cases. Mobile network connectivity allows drones to be safely controlled beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS).

The 15 partners in GOF 2.0 aim to create a European drone market and will deliver the technical components (services, software, competencies, practices) needed to provide innovative strategic and tactical services to demonstrate how both manned and unmanned aircraft can safely share the same airspace. This is a prerequisite to cost efficiently operate autonomous and semi-autonomous drones beyond visual line of sight in low-level airspace.

 

For more information visit:

www.frequentis.com

www.airborneRF.com

www.drei.at

www.gof2.eu

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