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Verizon 5G allows detecting objects in near real time for drones

Verizon 5G Edge and AWS allow Easy Aerial Easy Guard “drone in a box” to detect near real-time objects and fly for longer. (Photo: Verizon)

The collaboration between Easy Aerial, Verizon and Amazon Web Services (AWS) has demonstrated the use of Verizon 5G Edge and AWS Wavelength to provide drones for near real-time object detection. The Easy Guard ground station, one of Easy Aerial’s products, is described by the company as a “smart” hangar for takeoff, landing and charging, and this “drone in a box” solution was chosen to study 5G. integration. Easy Aerial first considered integrating 5G into Easy Guard at Verizon and Newlab’s Brooklyn, New York’s 5G studio, which was created to develop a wide range of potential technology solutions.

Thanks to this collaboration with the Easy Guard system with 5G support, the successful transmission of telemetry data from Easy Aerial drones was achieved, which allowed to control flights almost in real time. They were also able to reduce the data rate of drones by using 5G for communications and reducing latency by using 5G and mobile peripheral computing (MEC) to “process AI-based data,” Verizon notes in a description of the partnership with Easy Aerial and AWS.

According to Verizon’s collaboration announcement, the integration of 5G and mobile peripherals for drone operations has resulted in savings of approximately 10% in drone costs and flight time, which has been increased by approximately 40%.

The Easy Guard ground station pictured above is a “smart” hangar for aircraft for takeoff, landing and charging. (Photo: Verizon / Easy Aerial)

Ivan Stomatovsky, technical director of Easy Aerial, explained that such a demonstration had not been done before, in part due to the lack of actual 5G coverage in the US; however Easy Aerial is optimally located for use with both AWS and Verizon 5G Edge. 5G integration, according to Stomatowski, “opens up many opportunities for the use of small unmanned aerial systems [sUAS] for all applications, ”he said International Aviation. The Easy Aerial team developed the Easy Guard ground station and, joining the 5G studio, began work on possible 5G applications in the Easy Guard system.

Stomatowski explained that “as a rule, we would have our artificial intelligence to recognize people and detect cars, and we would run it on a local computer, but we said,‘ Since it has limited space and power, let’s see if we can it will deliver ”. all on Amazon Edge. ” It was also important to have a low delay for detecting objects so that processing took place in real time or almost in real time. “We decided to go with Amazon Edge,” he said, “because the cloud is too far away. The whole setup was done so that the drone talks to Amazon directly, and Amazon performs processing and AI using our algorithms that have been deployed on the Edge. It then connects to another 5G unit that is inside our Easy Guard ”.

Stomatovsky noted that Easy Aerial has benefited greatly from the use of high bandwidth for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that Verizon 5G Edge and AWS Wavelength can provide. By processing data at the network boundary – almost in real time – “it changes the paradigm of what can be achieved with on-board sensors,” he said.

Pictured above is a drone that landed at Easy Guard station after the flight. (Easy Aerial / Verizon)

“I was amazed at how fast it was. I don’t think many people felt such speed, ”Stomatouski shared. “The transfer rate was higher than when we had direct terrestrial communication. This opens up opportunities for all kinds of processing; there are no restrictions on the size and weight of a computer running a drone. You can have a whole room with servers and use all that computing power for your aircraft. ”

The successful completion of this 5G demonstration demonstrated a strong partnership between Easy Aerial and Verizon. “We are working on a pair of demos with their development center and are going to deploy the same installation, only on the tethered version of our drones,” said Stomatovsky. “We are now exploring all options [Easy Aerial] has done and we see how much more we can do with 5G ”.

Looking ahead, Stomatowski predicts that over the next five years there will be new hardware developments for the Internet of Things (IoT0 devices with high bandwidth consumption. “This is exactly what 5G: give high bandwidth to all IoT devices. This will create a new set of IoT campaigns [including Easy Aerial] which can provide real-time awareness of the situation and all kinds of sensors to collect. This is something that is not there today. ” According to him, for Easy Aerial, upcoming developments will help stay connected and use more computing power in the cloud.

https://www.aviationtoday.com/2022/02/14/verizon-5g-enables-near-real-time-object-detection-for-drones/ Verizon 5G allows detecting objects in near real time for drones

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