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Connected Drone Testing

Drone technology enables new market opportunities. The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) predicts that by 2025 the drone market will create an $US82 billion economic impact and account for 100,000 jobs in the USA. Service providers are seeking to support “connected drones” on their LTE networks to take advantage of the market opportunities. Today UAVs are connected via limited range communications over unlicensed spectrum and are restricted to Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) applications limiting their usefulness. Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) applications require much more scalable, reliable, and secure connectivity such as that provided by mobile LTE and 5G networks.
The Ericsson Connected Drone Testing services enables service providers to move forward with a proven solution for drone testing on LTE networks as a first step in transforming their systems and processes to support UAVs.
The  benefits of the Ericsson Connected Drone Testing services include:
  • Proven flexible solution
  • Certified drone pilots to support field campaign
  • FAA approvals management
  • UAVs engineered to support LTE RAN network characterization and optimization to operate UAVs with minimal RF interference and enhanced link quality  
  • Data collection from both the UAV communication device and network
  • Storage and processing of the data collected from the field testing
  • Comprehensive  scope including in lab connected drone chipset and module testing, cybersecurity testing of drones, field testing and real time connected drone network performance analytics
Through the Connected Drone Testing service, Ericsson provides a full suite of testing services covering the following areas:
In Lab Connected Drone Chipset and Module Testing: Assures the interoperability and optimal performance of the connected drone chipsets and modules with actual LTE mobile network infrastructure found in different operator networks around the world.

CTIA Cybersecurity Testing of Drones: Testing of connected drone modules per the CTIA Cybersecurity Test Plan in Ericsson CTIA Authorized Test Lab (CATL).
UAV LTE Field Testing: UAV LTE field testing provides services to test and optimize the behavior of drones on LTE networks. Semi-autonomous drone testing platform has been modified to support LTE devices enabling data collection from both the UAV communication device and network. Methodology for storing and processing the data collected from the testing has been developed to enable data analysis and reporting.

Real Time Connected Drone Network Performance Analytics:  Real time connected drone network performance analytics is supported through Ericsson Device Analytics (EDA). The drone solution provides data capture and processing in real time across urban, residential and rural routes of critical Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to enable control center decision making.