Over the previous few decades, the drone sector has seen rapid technical improvements. These advancements have improved drone autonomy, operating ranges, and capabilities and cleared the path for new business potential. Cellular network capabilities are expected to further enhance the safety of drones for users.
The emergence of cellular network connectivity in the market for cellular-connected drones has revolutionized the communication process between the operator and the drone.
According to BIS Research, the global cellular-connected drone market is expected to generate $592.1 million in 2023 and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 13.58% from 2023 to 2030.
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What are the Different Use Cases of Cellular-Connected Drones?
To showcase the great potential of drones, a few case studies show the benefits that may be gained from cellular-connected drones:
1. Delivering Medicines: A drone can carry medicine to regions where it cannot be delivered by any manual process (vehicle) routinely utilized by all delivery firms.
In any pandemic circumstance when human touch or interaction is discouraged and social distance is essential in health management structures, unmanned drone drug delivery system can be significantly useful.
2. Managing Emergency Incidents: Drones are increasingly being utilized to provide emergency services with situational awareness, whether it’s analyzing the scope and impact of a disaster, regulating traffic flow following a road traffic incident, or monitoring an ongoing fire emergency.
In case of a potential traffic-related crisis, drones can be used to provide the improved information available for emergency service deployment following an event and minimize congestion by permitting faster road clearance.
Drone pictures can assist in developing images of the emergency scenario during or after the occurrence, allowing the real magnitude and situation to be investigated. These aerial pictures may be used in conjunction with existing maps to overlay street and building names to create a picture of the region and help in rescue operations.
Drones aid fire departments by offering visual imagery of the area affected, allowing for better decision-making and keeping firefighters safe. They are also anticipated to save money and time, and several trucks are not dispatched for false alarms and minor fires.
3. Agricultural Use: Drones are predicted to increase farming production in various ways through their applications in crop monitoring, livestock management, irrigation mapping, and soil analysis.
Providing Cost-Effective Long-Range BVLOS Drone Operations Driving the Cellular-Connected Drones Industry
Cellular-connected drones are drones that have a mobile or cellular network connection instead of an operating system based upon radio frequency and satellite connection.
The existence of a pre-existing mobile network with considerable coverage, minimal discontinuity, high output, and low cost motivates the use of cellular-connected drones. Different technologies such as satellite communication and radiofrequency have been used for drone connectivity after the proper establishment of the required infrastructure.
Below mentioned factors are the key drivers for the cellular-connected drones’ industry:
• The cellular network system is the cost-effective and reliable option for drone connectivity resulting in long-range beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations.
• 4G long-term evolution (LTE) offers secure connectivity and fast data transfers, which may significantly improve safety and control in BVLOS applications.
• Using a pre-existing mobile network for drone operations reduces the cost of cellular connectivity in low-altitude drone operations. The cellular system can improve network performance in drone-based emergency response scenarios.
• The cost of establishing and maintaining satellite communications (SATCOM) and radiofrequency (RF) technologies is greater than the cost of providing cellular connectivity in drones since no extra setup is necessary for delivering cellular connectivity in drones other than SIM and mobile networks.
To sum up, drones are one of the fastest-growing sectors of the aerospace industry, and governments are increasingly looking to harness the advantages that unmanned aerial vehicles can provide.
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