Syniverse, AiRXOS Develop Private Network for Drone Management
Friday, January 24, 2020 | Comments

Syniverse and AiRXOS, a wholly owned subsidiary of GE Aviation, announced they are working together to provide a communications infrastructure that manages drones and other unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operating at low altitudes.

The collaboration offers network security for the drone’s unmanned traffic management system so that critical data, notifications, photos and high-definition video are transmitted over a secure network with protection from cyber attacks. “By utilizing our secure, private network, Syniverse Secure Global Access, we can ensure the information is only accessible to the correct parties,” said Mike O’Brien, group vice president, Syniverse. “The Syniverse network runs completely separate from the public internet, thus making the unmanned traffic management system and the information it sends invisible to hackers as the data and messages are diverted away from networks with unprotected connectivity.”

This security is coupled with Syniverse’s connectivity solution, Global IMSI. These global data subscriber identity module (SIM) cards allow devices to roam seamlessly across borders and networks. Syniverse Secure Global Access provides a guarded pathway for the data generated from these SIM cards to the AiRXOS cloud applications.

This private sharing of information enables new opportunities and added safety for groups such as first responders. Emergency teams can assess the situation with the use of unmanned aerial vehicles prior to putting their lives in harm’s way. For example, a drone could be sent into a burning building to report where people are trapped and alert firefighters of their locations while also alerting paramedics on how many ambulances are necessary. What’s more, this life-saving information can be conveyed to dispatchers through a secure connection, a statement said.

Through laboratory trials, Syniverse and AiRXOS have positioned the connectivity to work on 3G, 4G and 5G networks, once developed and deployed.

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