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A patented airborne LTE drone communications technology for multiple partners has been demonstrated. The technology enables drones, helicopters, air taxis and other connected aircraft to share the same airspace rather than being segregated.
The technology developed by SqwaQ eliminates the need for UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management) restrictions and resolves other obstacles that have been delaying wide-scale, routine UAS integration into the airspace.
Rather than segregating or restricting drones, the technology enables safe integration into controlled airspace while also resolving Remote Aircraft ID, Pilot Credential Verification, Flight Path Management and other challenges that have limited UAS operations.
Easily integrated or retrofit into commercial UAS, the SqwaQboard is a compact communication module weighing only 270 grams that aggregates six 3G/4G LTE connections into one, multi-redundant data pipe to broadcast four pilot view and downward cameras or sensors simultaneously, plus multi-redundant command and control (C2), etc.
The SqwaQboard leverages the redundancy of communicating with multiple networks and towers simultaneously for more robust, redundant performance.
“Autonomy and industrial IoT require robust, redundant communications. SqwaQ is delivering today what 5G still won’t do in ten years. We have prominent partners working under NDA to liberate drones and fly unfettered in the airspace. That won’t happen with the plastic Chinese toy drones so commonly sold today of course. We’re excited to have major stakeholders in multiple countries pursuing this with us,” said Ted Lindsley, CEO, according to uasvision.com.