Singapore NTU and M1 Developing Traffic Management System for Drones

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and telecommunications firm M1 from Singapore is undergoing a research in developing a traffic management system for drones here using 4.5G mobile networks, which will one day help hundreds of drones to safely deliver parcels, or survey and inspect a certain area, all at the same time.

In the past eight months, researchers have test-flown a drone on the 4.5G Heterogeneous Network (HetNet) for the first time. The 4.5G network, which is a faster version of the 4G data network used on mobile phones, allows operators to pilot their drones even when the unmanned aircraft systems are out of their line-of-sight.

Professor Vu N. Duong, director of the Air Traffic Management Research Institute (ATMRI) at NTU, said research into the command and traffic control of drones is of critical importance, as usage of commercial drones is taking off in Singapore.


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