the latest from Telefónica in terms of security

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Telefónica, or more specifically, TIS (Telefónica Ingeniería de Seguridad) has announced a project that includes autonomous drones and 5G connectivity. It is a autonomous fleet management solution from a single centralized platform that, according to Telefónica, will serve, among other things, to detect unauthorized persons in a location and even detect and neutralize other drones.

The company intends to show the system in operation during the Mobile World Congress, the telephony event that will take place at the end of February. It should be noted that it is not just a Telefónica project, but has been developed together with the British company Unmanned Life.

Autonomous drones with real-time image delivery via 5G

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From the tone of the statement, everything seems to point to a service they will offer to business customers. In fact, one of the keys to the service is the customization of drones based on the needs or objectives of the company in question, since the platform, which has been developed together with Unamanned Life, is independent of the hardware, ergo of the drone. .

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The idea of ​​this system is, on the one hand, to allow the drone fleet to go to a place where an event has occurred (an intruder, for example) and broadcast images in real time -via 5G- to act. On the other hand, Telefónica assures that the platform can detect other drones at a distance of ten kilometers and neutralize them if necessary, although it does not detail how.

According to the company itself, the implementation of the service can generate “significant savings in the costs of the operation that around 35% in the case of unattended locations”. The system has already been put to the test in a deployment that has taken place at the headquarters of the Telefónica District in Madrid.

Beyond the peculiarity of this project, the truth is that it is not the first time that the possibility of using drones for surveillance tasks has been put on the table. In Taiwan, for example, the National Taiwan Ocean University developed a system of autonomous drones for monitor aquaculture farms (fish feeding, net inspection, detection of suspicious objects…).

As far as security is concerned, there several companies dedicated to these jobs, such as Nightingale Security (which enables fleets of drones to patrol autonomously or emit images when they detect intruders). We have also seen them carrying out other tasks, such as delivery (with more or less success), with Amazon being one of the major stakeholders in this regard.

electrical towers

Moreover, Telefónica itself has another project related to drones, not necessarily autonomous, which consists of a solution of “predictive maintenance of electrical networks through the use of drones“. This will also be presented at the MWC.

This system uses a drone with an optical camera, a thermal camera, a LiDAR and a gas sensor (for SF6, a non-toxic gas used in high-voltage electrical equipment) to inspect medium and high-voltage networks. The drone weighs 5.5 kilos, reaches 100 km/h and has a range of five hours. Of course, it has a 5G connection.

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So that? To transmit the information captured by the sensors and that can be processed by artificial intelligence algorithms in order to evaluate the elements of the towers that may require maintenance. Let us think, for example, of spot a tower with bird nestsweeds, cables or areas with risk of a tree falling on a tower.

And it is that the drone market does not stop growing, especially in the business field. according to a Valuation Reports reportin 2020 the global market for drones was 4,350.27 million dollars and it is expected that by 2027 it will reach 5,437 million. Among the most demanding sectors are agriculture, entertainment, gas and oil, and construction.

Telefónica, or more specifically, TIS (Telefónica Ingeniería de Seguridad) has announced a project that includes autonomous drones and 5G connectivity.…

Telefónica, or more specifically, TIS (Telefónica Ingeniería de Seguridad) has announced a project that includes autonomous drones and 5G connectivity.…

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