The most exciting aspect of drones is the huge opportunity drone connectivity and services represents for BT Group. Drones are unique in their offering of mobile hardware, internet connectivity and the ability to fly. It’s these capabilities that are enabling a range of new services both internally and within our customer base.
An exciting recent example is our use of drones to survey our own network infrastructure, this can be captured as a 3D model and integrated with IoT (Internet of Things) data to create digital twins. Other examples include the use of drones in surveillance, asset tracking, search and rescue, and delivery.
We are already at the forefront of drone connectivity in the UK, but our continued research into safely controlling drones - Beyond the Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) of the remote pilot, will help realise the true potential of drone technologies to add value to ports, smart cities, and many other industries.
On a personal level, remotely controlling a drone from software I’ve built to simulate a command centre environment, as well as the challenge of ensuring this software and the networks supporting drones are secure, are the areas that give me great excitement, especially as I specialise in cyber security at university.