Evolution from 4G to 5G: Ewatt Aerospace and Application Verification from North American Telecom Operators
How far away are we from 5G?
In order to meet the needs of North American operators for early development of 5G networks, in Toronto, Canada, on June 8th, 2018, Ewatt Aerospace provided a 4G remote surveillance and control UAV and real-time video image demonstrations for the North American communications operators. A technical demonstration was made for the 5G communication test from the application side.
The road to 5G’s commercial evolution is not simply to replace 4G, but to coexist, merge and evolve within a certain period of time. Currently, North American operators are pushing for 4G and 5G network, using existing 4G assets and spectrum resources to deploy “4.5G” technology.
The various applications such as 4G network ultra-high-definition real-time video transmission, UAV remote control and monitoring were all demonstrated on-site. The UAV was shown to use surveillance of UAV attitude/orrientation, position information, flight mode information, GPS information, flight level, vertical speed, fully remote controlled take-off and landing of the UAV, control PTZ, Camera and video functions, etc.
As the latest generation of cellular mobile communication technology, 5G is the best communication technology for building digital sky. Moving from a narrow entertainment application space to a broader industrial application market, UAVs can’t do without communication support, including not only point-to-point communications between drones and remote controls, but also people and drones. The upcoming 5G will also bring new opportunities for drone applications.
The ultra-high bandwidth, low latency, high reliability, wide coverage and large connectivity features will give the UAVs real-time capabilities such as ultra-high resolution image transferring, remote low-latency control and always online, greatly expanding the application scenarios of UAVs. The application of UAV networking will be a leap-forward in development.
5G technology can transmit data at speeds of more than 10GBPS, which is a dozen times faster than the previous 4G LTE data transmission rate. 5G extends the network to the object-to-item connection, not only can it carry a large number of images and clear video transmission, but even clear, smooth VR live broadcasting is not a problem. This has created conditions for the birth of new, massive applications in the future.
Compared with previous generations, the advantages of 5G network communication technology will undoubtedly be more obvious on Internet mobile devices that are widely used in the UAV industry. Network connected UAVs accessing low-altitude communication networks can realize the supervision of equipment, the standardization of routes, and the improvement of efficiency, promoting the rational use of airspace and generate huge economic value.