November 21, 2016

Nokia brings drone-control to the UAE

Automated drones will become a common sight in 'smart city' Dubai.
Automated drones will become a common sight in 'smart city' Dubai.
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Nokia is helping the UAE become world’s safest drone environment by controlling air traffic of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the country.

Nokia and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the United Arab Emirates have begun a strategic partnership to control the air traffic of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, in the country.

Nokia’s UAV Traffic Management (UTM) will be utilised in the UAE, allowing the General Civil Aviation Authority ability to track and manage all UAVs in the country’s airspace and paving the way for commercial and governmental use of automated drones.

The collaboration comes as part of the UAE’s initiative to make Dubai one of the ‘smartest cities’ in the world by 2017.

“The UAE is committed to making Dubai the smartest city in the world, and UAVs are expected to play a critical role in this process by supporting a wide variety of smart city services,” says Bernard Najm, head of the Middle East Market Unit at Nokia.

“This collaboration with the GCAA, the first of its kind in the world, gives us a unique and extensive test bed where we can trial and refine our UAV Traffic Management system, and shape the future of UAV management overall.”

 

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