PORTLAND, Ore. – Skyward, a Verizon company, and UPS Flight Forward announced today a joint effort to deliver retail products with drones connected to Verizon 4G LTE, as well as testing and integration of 5G delivery. The companies are looking to deliver products retail via connected drones at The Villages in Florida.
“We will need the ability to fly and maintain multiple drones flying simultaneously, sent from a centralized location, operating in a safe and secure environment. To do this on a large scale, along with Verizon and Skyward, we will need the power of 5G, “said Carol B. Tome, CEO of UPS.
“We are just beginning to see how the power of 5G Ultra Wideband will change the way companies operate,”
In 2020, Verizon, UPS Flight Forward and Skyward began testing 4G LTE in unmanned aerial vehicles to demonstrate cellular reliability and altitude performance.
“The low latency of 5G and final calculations is ideal for monitoring air traffic in and out of a busy logistics center, especially those that use mixed fleets of autonomous vehicles such as drones, trucks and airplanes,” said Mariah Scott, president of Skyward. . “This year we will continue our collaboration with UPS, testing 5G Ultra Wideband integrations for connecting the sky.”
UPS has completed more than 3,800 successful unmanned aerial vehicle delivery flights since the establishment of UPS Flight Forward, its Federal Aviation Administration-certified unmanned aerial vehicle company in 2019. But in 2020, the delivery of unmanned aerial vehicles proved much more than the rapid delivery of essential medical products – during the global pandemic, it provided high-risk seniors with the opportunity for fast and contactless delivery to stay healthy at home.
“Using Verizon’s 5G and Skyward, we will be able to transform the delivery experience – more personally, especially on demand, and with the same safety, efficiency and reliability that our customers trust today,” said Bala Ganesh, vice president, group. for advanced technologies in UPS.