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Qualcomm has expanded its drone and IoT network projects

Qualcomm has expanded its drone and IoT network projects $QCOM

  • Explains how drone manufacturers are quickly enabling autonomous flight in their products that will be a major boon for drone adoption.
  • It examines the regulatory landscape in several markets and explains how technologies like obstacle avoidance and drone-to-drone communications will impact drone adoption.
  • Drones turned the corner in 2015 to become a popular consumer device, while a framework for regulation that legitimizes drones in the US began to take shape.
  • Discusses popular use cases for drones in the enterprise sector, as well as nascent use case that are on the rise.
  • Qualcomm has expanded its drone and IoT network projects

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Qualcomm, one of the leading mobile and device chipset designers, announced a pair of partnerships that will have implications for IoT development in the coming years.

Verizon and Qualcomm have announced a joint venture to develop a new cellular network application for IoT devices. The partnership will integrate Verizon’s low-powered modems into Qualcomm’s chipsets. Verizon’s modems are designed to connect to the company’s new LTE CAT-M1 network standard, a low-powered application of 4G LTE, which Verizon will roll out throughout the remainder of 2016.

LTE CAT-M1 is best for devices with low connectivity needs, such as smart water meters, health wearables, and vending machines. These devices transmit less data, and thus use less power, than a typical 4G LTE or Wi-Fi connection, which connect higher-powered devices such as smartphones or tablets.

Qualcomm and AT&T will test drones operating on cellular networks, according toFortune. By connecting drones through LTE networks rather than using radio-based controllers, drones will gain a much larger potential operational range. Current FAA regulations do not permit operators to fly drones beyond the line of sight, though they have issued at least one exemption to this rule in the short period in which these rules have been in effect.

As drones fly further afield, they need more reliable communication and control inputs that are cost-effective, which explains why Qualcomm and AT&T are moving to offer a cellular solution.

Drones turned the corner in 2015 to become a popular consumer device, while a framework for regulation that legitimizes drones in the US began to take shape. Technological and regulatory barriers still exist to further drone adoption.

Drone manufacturers and software providers are quickly developing technologies like geo-fencing and collision avoidance that will make flying drones safer. The accelerating pace of drone adoption is also pushing governments to create new regulations that balance safety and innovation.

Safer technology and better regulation will open up new applications for drones in the commercial sector, including drone delivery programs like Amazon’s Prime Air and Google’s Project Wing initiatives.

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The report details several of world’s major drone suppliers and examines trends in drone adoption among several leading industries. Finally, it examines the regulatory landscape in several markets and explains how technologies like obstacle avoidance and drone-to-drone communications will impact drone adoption.

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Shipments of consumer drones will more than quadruple over the next five years, fueled by increasing price competition and new technologies that make flying drones easier for beginners.

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Qualcomm has expanded its drone and IoT network projects