Vodafone announced the commencement of trials of the world’s first air traffic control drone tracking and safety technology. It uses 4G IoT drone technology to protect aircraft from catastrophic accidents as well as prevent any unintentional or criminal drone incursions at sensitive locations.

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World’s First 4G IoT Drone

Vodafone IoT drone tracking and safety technology has collaborated with European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and also supports the objectives of the agency. The company says that the regular drones are too small to be tracked by conventional radar, which apparently creates a serious risk to pilots worldwide.

Moreover, the usage of drone in criminal activities is also a possibility. With these thoughts in mind, Vodafone has developed world’s first Radio Positioning System (RPS) for drones. Well, it is combined with Artificial Intelligence algorithms which are also developed by Vodafone enables very large numbers of drones to be tracked and controlled remotely.

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How Does IoT Drone Work?

The Vodafone’s RPS technology uses a 4G modem and SIM embedded with each drone to enable real-time tracking of each drone within 50 meters, controlled by the operator to reduce the risk of accidental incursions and protective geofencing. Do note; The 4G mobile networks offer strong end-to-end encryption over-the-air from SIM to the base station.

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The company claims that it has kept the RPS research and associated intellectual property in the public domain with no licensing fees for re-use in order to accelerate the pace of drone safety and geolocation innovation worldwide. The company is aiming to make the drone tracking and safety technology available for commercial use from 2019.


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