Drone Connectivity & Innovation
Charting the Future of Drone Connectivity
Today, Skyward customers use drones as a tool for doing business. But in the near future, we believe that drones will touch just about every aspect of urban life. Skyward is committed to paving the way for Universal Traffic Management (UTM), connected aviation on the nation’s most reliable network, and the aerial technologies of tomorrow.
Connecting drones to wireless networks enables rapid data transfer, remote deployments, and control over long distances. As a Verizon company, Skyward works with manufacturers and regulatory bodies to lay the foundations for reliable drone connectivity.
Drones may be capable of helping solve some of humanity’s most pressing problems — but interoperability is key. Skyward works to harmonize technologies and advocates for sensible airspace regulations so companies around the world can put drones to work.
Research & Development
Skyward is accelerating the development of reliable drone flights beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). Powered by Verizon network infrastructure and staffed by experienced aviators, Skyward’s Aviation Development Center leads research and development for network-connected drone and robotics capabilities.
Verizon 5G and MEC for Drones
How 5G Connectivity Could Power Tomorrow’s Drone Operations
Skyward and Verizon are ready for connected drone operations today. We've developed a new internet of things service plan for aerial devices called Airborne LTE Operations, or ALO. ALO enables drones and other aircraft to send command-and-control and payload data over Verizon’s 4G LTE network.Read More
How the Verizon Network Enabled Skyward’s True BVLOS Drone Flights
When wildfires threatened critical infrastructure, Skyward obtained a temporary waiver from the FAA to deploy a drone remotely and fly beyond visual line of sight with no personnel onsite. This groundbreaking operation was possible because of months of preparation and testing by Skyward's Aviation Development Center team.Read more
The Near Future of Connected Drones: Strategic Planning for Enterprises
When drones are widely connected to wireless networks, the transformative capabilities of drones can be unlocked in ways that will change many aspects of our society. With all these changes coming so quickly, it can be confusing to set up a drone program ready to adapt to tomorrow's technology and regulatory advances, while still producing today's deliverables and ROI.