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Verizon announced a collaboration with United Parcel Service (UPS) Test 5G to deliver retail packages via drones to residents of The Florida Villages Age Community.
The announcement was one of several that Verizon Chairman and CEO Hans Vestberg made during a keynote speech at the Virtual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that opened yesterday.
In 2020, Verizon, UPS Flight Forward and Skyward began testing 4G LTE in delivery drones to demonstrate the reliability and performance of cell phones at height. It is said that 5G will enable additional advantages.
“The low latency of 5G and edge computing is ideal for monitoring air traffic inside and outside a busy fulfillment center, especially when using mixed fleets of autonomous vehicles such as drones, trucks and planes,” said Mariah Scott, President of Skyward, A drone software, consulting, and connectivity company that was acquired by Verizon in 2017. “This year we will continue to expand our collaboration with UPS by testing 5G Ultra Wideband integrations to connect the sky.”[Read: How Netflix shapes mainstream culture, explained by data]
Carol B. Tomé, UPS CEO added, “We need to be able to manage and support multiple drones that fly simultaneously, ship from a central location, and operate in a secure environment. In addition to Verizon and Skyward, we need the power of 5G. “
Preparation for drone deliveries
UPS has operated more than 3,800 drone delivery flights since founding UPS Flight Forward, its drone delivery company, which was certified by the Federal Aviation Administration in 2019. During the pandemic The delivery of drones has increased From emergency care to fast, contactless delivery of options to people at home.
“With VerGons 5G and Skyward, we can transform the delivery experience – more personal, more responsive, and with the same security, efficiency and reliability our customers trust today,” said Bala Ganesh, vice president of Advanced Technology Group, UPS.
Earlier this year, Pedro Pacheco, Senior Director Analyst at Gartner, told Cities Today City guides should prepare for an increase in delivery drones accelerated by their deployment during the COVID-19 crisis.
By 2026, more than a million drones could make retail shipments worldwide, up from 20,000 today, Gartner said.
Pacheco urged cities to think about regulation, privacy, security and landing site allocation.
At CES, Vestberg also announced that Verizon will be installing 5G in 28 NFL stadiums by the end of 2021 to make the fan experience even more immersive.
In addition, the company has partnered with 15 Live Nation clubs and theaters across the US to deploy 5G and provide audiences with new ways to experience music both in person and virtually.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Verizon have also released The Met Unframed, an immersive virtual art and gaming experience.
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Published on January 20, 2021 – 16:30 UTC