March 7, 2017
The unmanned systems industry – which includes drones, robots and other vehicles – is on a growth trajectory. Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are on an especially fast track. The FAA expects that more than 600,000 unmanned aircraft systems could be flying for commercial purposes in 2017. With this growth comes revolutionary change across industries.
For the wireless infrastructure industry, the use of drone technology is having a measurable impact on everything from siting and mapping, to tower inspections. With OSHA tracking tower climbers’ injuries and fatalities more closely than ever, mobile carriers and tower owners are leveraging technology to improve safety and reduce liability.
Enter drones – which can inspect towers, take pictures and send relevant data back without putting anyone in harm’s way. Mobile carriers such as AT&T are already using drones to inspect towers. They use a live video fed to a network engineer who can inspect cables and components, without anyone needing to don expensive safety gear and climb the tower itself. In fact, AT&T reports that drones allow engineers to inspect parts of the towers that humans can’t even reach.
The siting and mapping process also benefits from the use of UAS. Drones collect data through aerial photography, greatly reducing the time spent on data collection and improving the quality of the information, so decisions are made faster, more efficiently, and more accurately.
AUVSI’s upcoming conference – XPONENTIAL 2017 – takes place in Dallas May 8 -11 and features an educational track dedicated to exploring the opportunities for UAS in wireless, and providing real-world strategies for addressing mobile industry challenges through the use of drones and robotics. More than 7,000 industry leaders and professionals from more than 55 countries are expected to attend XPONENTIAL. The exhibit hall will showcase more than 650 cutting-edge companies from around the world, representing more than 20 industries.
XPONENTIAL is the largest trade show for the unmanned systems and robotics industry. Among the program’s participants are thought leaders from government agencies, such as DOD, FAA, NASA, NOAA; and commercial organizations, including, AT&T, Cisco, General Electric, Spirent Communications, Qualcomm, Intel and Facebook. Speakers at XPONENTIAL will provide insight and actionable intelligence on the role of unmanned systems in a range of industries, including agriculture, construction, defense, energy, mapping, wireless, oil and gas, retail and transportation, among others.
Join us in Dallas to explore the latest developments in UAS technology and to hear real-world case studies on the use of drones in the wireless industry.