Drones Can Provide Cell Phone Service

Drones Can Provide Cell Phone Service

How drones can provide cell phone service following extreme weather and disasters…

Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Blizzards. Earthquakes. Mother Nature can strike at any moment, leaving behind a path of destruction. If severe weather strikes, power and communication services can be disrupted for days. In June of 2017, Verizon and American Aerospace Technologies, Inc. (AATI), decided to take action and took the next step in advancing cutting-edge communications from a drone for disaster response.

The following video shows how Verizon brings wireless service to first responders after a severe weather emergency:

In early March, the companies took another step in advancing cutting-edge wireless communications from a drone for disaster response with their fourth test of capabilities.

With this “flying cell site,” first responders can connect to the Verizon network through the wireless technology inside the drone, and communicate back to necessary emergency personnel on the ground. Previous exercises have taken place at the Woodbine Airport in southern New Jersey in a simulated coverage- denied (no wireless signal) environment. This allows a “pocket of coverage” so first responders can call, text and transfer images back to office of emergency management (OEM) center to coordinate responses in real-time.

“We have a long history of providing critical communications services whenever a disaster strikes, such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in the past year alone. Years of consistent investment and building for reliability year round allows us to support first responders and communities in need when they need it the most, said Christopher Desmond, Verizon principal engineer.


Verizon and AATI proved that a small cell site placed in a drone can provide emergency wireless coverage to first responders on the ground if a weather emergency impacts traditional wireless service.

For more information, visit Verizon.com.

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