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5G will supercharge drones with much lower latency

5G will supercharge drones with much lower latency

5G will supercharge drones with a much lower latency rate of 1 millisecond versus the 50 milliseconds that a 4G connection offers.

5G will supercharge drones with much lower latency

Live Mint reports that at the 43rd AGM, Mukesh Ambani, chairman, and MD Reliance Industries talked about using 5G enabled drones for agriculture. And even though he referred only to a very specific use case for drones, having access to a 5G connection can improve the overall capabilities of drones.

“At the moment lots of drones are not allowed to fly beyond line of sight, so the networks don’t need to be so complex. But in the longer term when there will be more usage of autonomous drones flying long distance. To be able to fly that far drones will need 5G for better navigation and communication with the pilot,” said Kay Sharpington, Principal Analyst, Research, Gartner.

One of the major advantages that 5G connections offer is the lower latency rate of 1 millisecond versus 4G where the average latency is 50 milliseconds.

Latency is the time it takes for data to travel from the remote controller to the drone and it’s an indication of connection quality. 5G enabled drone will improve the pilot’s control over the unmanned aircraft from miles away in real-time.

“5G will allow drones to fly with a lot of accuracy. For example, during a flight any communication from a pilot needs to be communicated without any delay. A lot of drone use cases also involve videos, which involves a lot of data streaming. 5G is very good at translating data rapidly,” said Sharpington.

Access to faster Internet speeds means that the drones can live stream high volumes of high-resolution data in real-time. 5G will also enable businesses to apply near real-time artificial intelligence (AI) analytics midflight using edge computing and push the envelope of drone technology.

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