Virgin Media O2 trials 5G tethered drones

Virgin Media O2 has linked up with Fotokite to trial how 5G-enbaled tethered drones could be used to aid emergency services and first responders.

The tethered Fotokite Sigma system was successfully tested to receive 5G network connectivity from its base station on the ground, to transfer real-time data to first responders at the location and local hospital teams via a smart tablet.

This technology would allow first responders to send a tethered drone up to 45 meters above a situation, enabling emergency on-site personnel and remote teams connected by a 5G network to immediately assess what’s happened.

Rob Searle, Head of 5G at Virgin Media O2, said: “This is an important piece of technology and a further example of how 5G technologies can provide societal benefits.

“We are pursuing new 5G-enabled innovations that will make real differences to people’s lives, from smart cities to connected vehicles and our work with utilities companies to the NHS.”

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