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CATEC collaborates with Vodafone in developing new mobility technologies by using drones


April 1st 2018

These applications are being presented through live demonstrations this week at the 2018 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, one of the biggest technology events in the world


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CATEC collaborates with Vodafone in developing new mobility technologies by using drones
Our Center has been collaborating for a long time with Vodafone Spain in the development of new technologies that are implicating in using unmanned aerial systems (drones/UVAs/RPAS), in their new applications in the area of mobility, like the localization and monitoring of operations through the installation of its new mobile telephone technology in these unmanned aircrafts.

These new technologies are being presented through a series of live demonstrations in the 2018 Mobile World Congress (MCW), that is celebrated in Barcelona from February 26 to March 1 and which gives the world's leading technology companies to get to know each other´s latest innovations and pioneering developments in the field of mobility and mobile phones.

CATEC and Vodafone have carried out a demonstration of the RPS (Radio Positioning System) technology through which it has been demonstrated that it is possible to calculate the position of a drone in flight beyond visual line of sight and in real time, solely using Vodafone´s 4G network infrastructure on a cell phone. This technology already has been demonstrated in another prior developed trial at the end of 2017, which was assumedly the first executed flight with these characteristics in Spain and a milestone in terms of using this technology at the international level.

A second exhibition was also carried out where it had shown the use of the mobile telephone network to transmit HD videos and telemetry in real time and to coordinate the flight of a drone from another location. Thus, the attendees at the Vodafone stand at the 2018 MWC were able to command the drone from Barcelona, hundreds of kilometers away from the flight of the drone in Seville.

CATEC’s work on these two applications has been centered on the modification and integration of the launch teams and the development of the software aboard the drone, which allows aerial system integration with the 4G network. This initiative will strengthen the collaboration that both companies came supporting for the development of mobility and air traffic management applications through drones, as well as to liberalize the use of these aircrafts for professional activities. This aspect is taking European institutions years to find the balance between the sector’s development and the necessary air traffic security and control.



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