Nokia and Rohde & Schwarz Explore Drone-Based Network Solution
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 | Comments

Nokia announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with leading network measurement technology provider, Rohde & Schwarz, to embed QualiPoc 4.9G/LTE and 5G network measurement capabilities into the Nokia Drone Networks platform. This software-embedded solution will expand the use cases for drones to provide communication service providers (CPS), private wireless partners and enterprises with deeper knowledge around their wireless network coverage and performance for more efficient utilization.

Nokia and Rohde & Schwarz will jointly work on a prototype that integrates mobile network measurement and troubleshooting QualiPoc capabilities using QualiPoc software from Rohde & Schwarz, embedded directly into the Nokia drone, connected to the MX Industrial Edge (MXIE) over the Digital Automated Cloud (DAC). This will enable trials for customers such as port authorities or the mining industry to collect data and measure the outdoor or underground network experience and quality in real time.

Currently this information can be accessed by using a smartphone device attached to a drone as payload. The new software-embedded solution should reduce the drone weight, resulting in lower power consumption and longer flight times for more efficient and sustainable operations.

Enterprises use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) such as drones for remote activities such as site inspections, and to enhance security at remote or large campuses. By exploring the feasibility to embed QualiPoc capabilities as a software application into Nokia drones and MXIE, Nokia and Rohde & Schwarz will enable enterprises to use their site inspection drones to also collect performance data about their private networks even in Beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) scenarios.

Massimiliano Mannelli, Senior Director of Product Management & Portfolio Strategy at Rohde & Schwarz mobile network testing, said: “We are excited to cooperate with Nokia, a leader in private wireless, to create the first software-embedded network measurement capabilities within a UAV. Using QualiPoc, our field-proven RF and performance testing software, as embedded solution will enable new use cases for CSPs, enterprises and private wireless indirect channel partners.”

Thomas Eder, Head of Embedded Wireless Solutions at Nokia, said: “Our work with Rohde & Schwarz demonstrates how, using Nokia Drone Networks, enterprises can leverage the reliability, security and low latency enabled by private wireless and the industrial Edge cloud. By consuming Rohde & Schwarz QualiPoc and SmartMonitor in this way, customers can increase the value of their existing Nokia Drone Network deployments and leverage a high level of automation to gain real-time data for tasks such as network performance assessments.”




 
 
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