AT&T Testing Drones Controlled Via LTE Networks

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StartFragmentAT&T says it's experimenting with using LTE networks to control drones from up to a mile away. Speaking at this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, AT&T announced it was working with Intel to test how its LTE network performs at higher altitudes. According to a formal AT&T announcement, the company will be testing LTE-connected drones to see how LTE works in transmitting video streaming, telematics and flight information. Currently, most drone pilots need to keep their UAVs in sight, though AT&T is hoping to change that. EndFragment

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StartFragment"AT&T and Intel will be testing how the network can enable the most exciting business use cases for drones,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, IoT Solutions, AT&T.

"Our LTE network is uniquely positioned to connect industries like delivery, agriculture, construction and insurance. We’re using the network to transfer important information, images and video quickly and efficiently — far beyond the boundaries of short range connectivity.”

At Mobile World Congress, Intel plans to use the Yuneec Typhoon H drone with Intel RealSense Technology UAV, to stream video and telematics using the AT&T LTE network. AT&T isn't offering a timeline for LTE-embedded drones, but it shouldn't be long before you can spy on your neighbors while happily burning through your AT&T wireless data usage allotment.

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