CAFA Tech 5G Drones

The core problem for using drones in automated jobs by commercial companies is how to ensure communication with drone in urban areas.
Conventional drone remote controllers can ensure the transmission of radio waves in urban conditions up to a distance of 300m. In this case, the greatest benefits of drones are limited: quickly gain an overview of large areas, transfer video and work within a radius of up to 10 km. At the same time, almost all cities in the EU Member States have very good 4G mobile coverage. It is also planned to roll out 5G services in most EU cities by 2023 at the latest. In Germany, for example, 5G coverage is already guaranteed to 70% of the population by 2021.
That’s why CAFA Tech offers drones with a 4G/5G module, which can be used to fly farther in urban conditions, even 10-20 km, because there are no limits to mobile coverage!
Various measurements have shown that good mobile communication coverage is also available at an altitude of 100m AGL (Above Ground Level), because the residents of a 30-storey house also need mobile communication!

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Measurement of 4G/5G network coverage and results in 3D

Flight plan is generated for the drone to fly automatically in certain speed and pattern to cover all points of interests in a certain area/space. Drone equipped with GNSS data and 5G signal strength logger scans the space line by line by physically flying along them until the entire space has been scanned. Results can then be visualize and analyzed in 3D software to get much better insight of the situation compared to mere ground level measurements. Having this information in 3D helps to analyze beam formation shapes, reveal possible coverage problems and to verify the optimal placement of 5G antennae on cell towers.


5G!Drones – EU H2020 Project

CAFA Tech participates in the EU Horizon2020 project 5G! Drones (2019-2022). The project will validate 5G services used to support drone business use-cases: Drone delivery, Computer Vision solutions for supporting Police and Rescue operations, 3D mapping, delivery of IoT sensors to temporary positions, Infrastructure inspection, etc.).
The 5!G Drones project will carry out UAV tests on the following 5G Test facilities: 5G Genesis (GRE), 5G EVE (FRA), Aalto X-Network (FIN), Oulu 5G GTN Testbed (FIN).
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 857031