DNB and Aerodyne to drive drone technology innovation
- Digital Nasional Bhd (DNB) and Aerodyne Technology Sdn Bhd sign MOU to drive drone technology innovation,
- With the advent of 5G, drones will become even more ubiquitous and serve a broader range of purposes
- 5G will take Industry 4.0 to the next level by facilitating unprecedented levels of flexibility, productivity, and efficiency
From agriculture to construction, many industries are starting to explore the potential of 5G-enabled drones for improving their workflow. Drones have already proven to be a valuable asset in several sectors, and the advent of 5G will only increase their usefulness.
5G-enabled drones will be able to transmit data faster and more reliably than ever before, which will allow them to handle more complex tasks. They significantly improve cost efficiencies make business operations safer and more efficient.
In a bid to drive drone technology innovation, Digital Nasional Bhd (DNB) and Aerodyne Technology Sdn Bhd have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that explores the development of 5G and leverages the parties’ respective strengths in the technology, with a particular focus on drone and data technologies and analytics capabilities.
This presents an opportunity to evaluate and co-develop innovative 5G use cases, intending to identify strategic market needs for those use cases. The next generation of mobile networks is set to arrive with a new era of ultrafast 5G speeds. This will enable a range of new applications and technologies, including AI-powered “swarm intelligence systems – a host of drones working in unison to collect multiple data points at a time.
Driving drone technology innovation
Drones have gained popularity in recent years as viable tools for commercial and governmental applications. With the advent of 5G, drones will become even more ubiquitous and serve a broader range of purposes. They are used in various industries, including agriculture, construction, energy, mining, logistics, and other industrial sectors.
Drones can capture aerial footage or images for marketing or business purposes. They can also be used for search and rescue operations or deliver supplies in emergencies. In Malaysia, drones are already being used in certain industries like in agriculture and law enforcement agencies.
“5G will take Industry 4.0 to the next level by facilitating unprecedented levels of flexibility, productivity and efficiency,” said Prem Kumar Menon, Head of Enterprise Strategy at DNB.
By enabling Aerodyne to deploy its drones in a 5G environment, more innovative use cases can be further developed and showcased to multiple industries.
“This would encourage faster adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) and Aritificial Intilligence (AI) solutions while building an inclusive digital ecosystem,” he added.
For Kamarul A. Muhamed, Founder and Group CEO of Aerodyne, 5G is a game-changer in the world of connected drones.
“Our low-latency 4G-connected drones will be elevated to new heights on the 5G network. This opens up a virtually unlimited range of industrial applications and will contribute to the accelerated digitalization of Malaysia’s industries,,” he commented.
Malaysian-based, Aerodyne has been testing and developing drone 5G solutions in other countries for 18 months. The company has operations in over 35 countries and has existing drone applications and software-as-a-service offerings for various fields, including aerial data intelligence gathering, emergency response, surveillance natural resource management, and intelligent resource management.
Aerodyne Group has previously agreed on an MOU with the government-linked telecommunications service provider Celcom Axiata Bhd. With the MoU signing, past Aerodyne applications will also be progressively powered by Celcom.
In January 2022, Aerodyne also inked a strategic partnership with Astralution to offer leading Drone-as-a-Service (DaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions in the Scandinavian region.
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