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Cellphone towers in the sky? Fenix thinks so

May 3, 2017  - By
A drone that weighs less than 50 pounds can provide fully functional 4G cellphone service.

A drone that weighs less than 50 pounds can provide fully functional 4G cellphone service.

Virginia-based Fenix Group has partnered with Martin UAV, a Texas-based manufacturer of rugged utility drones, to launch an under-55-pound drone capable of providing fully functional 4G cellphone service.

While Fenix Group plans to issue its first production units to the U.S. Department of Defense and first responders, it anticipates demand from telecommunications providers, oil and gas companies, and crisis response units worldwide.

It also could mean connectivity in remote parts of the world.

In addition to providing a coverage area on the ground, the payload is also able to stream encrypted video from the drone’s camera system to anyone on the network. In the future, soldiers, search and rescue teams, and first responders will have access to drone video from their phones.

The Fenix team also enabled Internet access so that command centers could access the feed from anywhere in the world.

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