Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NOK) Plans To Replace Some Of The Jobs Done By Human Technicians With Drones
In an apparent move to drive efficiency and safety in wireless network maintenance, Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) is putting drones to work. The company has figured out how to relieve humans of some of the cell tower inspection and maintenance works. Nokia is using drones to do the jobs, and that is expected to unlock a ton of benefits for teleco companies.
A drone explosion is potentially building up, and Nokia is just one of the companies weighing in on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to unlock new potential. Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is well-known for its drone delivery program. The online retailer hopes to increase delivery speeds and cut costs by deploying UAVs to transport packages. In France and Switzerland, domestic postal services are also experimenting with drone deliveries.
For Nokia, the focus is getting drones to carry out network maintenance, saving time, money and avoiding the risk of falling when technicians have to climb on cell towers.
Testing drones on network maintenance
Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) recently partnered with a United Arab Emirates teleco to test its drones in cell tower management. The company equipped its drones with smartphones to enable sight testing and radio planning. Nokia carried out its experiment at the Dubai International Stadium, a 25,000 capacity sports stadium.
After the teleco drones test, Nokia established that its drones offered a number of benefits compared to human technicians.
Nokia contends that its teleco drones will reduce the frequency of humans climbing cell towers, a practice that can be extremely dangerous in bad weather. The drones can also support remote monitoring of tower installation.
Drones in use for tower maintenance
Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) tasked the MICRODRONES d4-1000 drone model with the job of tower inspection, radio site planning and sight testing. The company put the Secutronic INSPIRE1 drone to use in network optimization during the trial at the Dubai stadium.
Bringing drones to work in network maintenance is something that others have also tried. Fluke Networks in 2014 came up with a drone aimed at enhancing efficiency and safety of network maintenance.
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