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4G Connected Drone Introduced


Verizon, Skyward, Parrot drone.

Parrot, Verizon, and Skyward have partnered on an off-the-shelf drone that will enable real-time data transfer, remote deployment, and beyond-visual-line-of-sight flight operations. The Parrot ANAFI Ai drone uses the Verizon 4G LTE network and is integrated with Skyward software.

Verizon 4G LTE connectivity is provided exclusively to Skyward subscribers at no additional cost. The Skyward Connected Drone Solution gives enterprises one complete experience for planning, flying, data transfer, and processing data.

The Parrot ANAFI Ai compact drone is open to developers, with a full open-source app, autonomous 1 click photogrammetry, and “new levels” of cybersecurity. The drone features an omni-directional obstacle avoidance system, 48 MP imaging accuracy, 4K 60fps smooth videos, and up to 32 minutes of flight time in an airframe that weighs less than 2 pounds.

Parrot ANAFI Ai’s embedded Secure Element secures the 4G LTE link between the drone and the user’s device. Parrot’s implemented streaming software is adapted to the 4G situation to quickly optimize the definition and frame rate to the network quality.

What does Skyward Connected Drone do?

  • Plan with Skyward’s airspace map and fleet management tools
  • Obtain fast, automated access to controlled airspace from the Federal Aviation Administration with LAANC
  • Fly over Verizon 4G LTE with the Skyward InFlight mobile app
  • Process with Skyward Mapping & Modeling, powered by Pix4D
  • Transfer data during flight over 4G LTE

Once activated through Skyward, Verizon 4G LTE connectivity provides a seamless backup connection to the flight controller in case of interference or interruption.

“Enterprise drone programs are pushing the limits of technology available today and advanced operators are ready for a connected, trusted, and capable drone to take their drone programs to the next level,” said Mariah Scott, head of Verizon Robotics Business Technology, in a prepared statement. “Parrot ANAFI Ai connected to Verizon 4G LTE marks an industry milestone toward distributed, remote, persistent operations that lets users fly to anywhere from anywhere with near real-time data transfer.”

Parrot founder and CEO Henri Seydouz said in a statement:

“Cellular connectivity is the new communications standard for the professional drone industry and Parrot ANAFI Ai seeks to set new standards for drones at work. We designed ANAFI Ai’s 4G LTE connectivity, which enables precise, robust and secure control at any distance with a 4G LTE connection that avoids obstacles. Advanced artificial intelligence, autonomous flights, best-in-class imaging, photogrammetry accuracy and reliable 4G LTE connectivity on the Verizon network, put powerful new tools in the hands of professionals like never before and we truly believe it is a game changer for the professional drone industry.”

Source: Verizon, Parrot

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