TIA Forms Drone Group to Focus on Industry Applications
Wednesday, September 04, 2019 | Comments

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) TR-14 Engineering Committee on Structural Standards for Communication and Small Wind Turbine Support Structures seeks participation in its Drones Ad Hoc Group as the group begins efforts to build industry-specific knowledge around the use of unmanned aerial system (UAS) technology.

UAS have the potential to impact a variety of areas ranging from health and safety to large-scale asset management. As UAS technologies continue to evolve, understanding the role they will play in the telecommunications landscape has become increasingly important.

The Drones Ad Hoc Group will launch its phase two efforts focusing on the use of UAS technology ranging from in-field safety and workflow augmentation to automated flight and data processing capabilities.

“Drone technology provides an exciting alternative for supplementing various aspects of collecting data and evaluating wireless infrastructure,” said Bryan Lanier, TIA-TR14 chairman. “The TR-14 committee looks forward to the advances in this technology that can support and improve traditional methods of condition and maintenance assessment.”

To date the group has focused on examining drone-assisted field operations as they relate to existing antennas and small wind turbine support structures. Through a field test, the group inspections are a viable option for high-quality data collection as part of a condition and maintenance assessment required under TIA/ANSI 222-H Structural Standard for Antenna Supporting Structures, Antennas and Small Wind Turbine Support Structures.

The group is led by Committee Chair Sam McGuire of Red Mountain Scientific and Vice Chair Robert McCoy of Crown Castle. Membership includes stakeholders from AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, Comcast, U.S. Cellular, American Tower, Crown Castle, SBA Communications and more than 15 engineering firms.

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