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Room 2
Tuesday, October 3, 2017  |  2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Game Changer: How UAS is Transforming Communications Infrastructure Industries

Thomas Camp
Business and Product Development, Verizon Innovation Program
Christopher Moccia
EVP Telecommunications, Measure
Art Pregler
UAS Program Director, AT&T
Todd Schlekeway
Executive Director, National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE)

This session will educate Drone World Expo attendees on the safety and efficiency benefits associated with the integration of UAS at communication tower sites.  The presentation will examine all of the present and future applications associated with UAS utilization in the wireless industry. Wireless industry UAS use cases to be explored include the following:

     •   UAS Replacing the Need for Tower-Site Bid Walks

     •   Tower Site Hazard Awareness Recognition

     •   Workforce Safety (Reducing Repetitive Stress related to Climbing Structures)

     •   Structural Inspections

     •   Close-Out Photos and Documentation

     •   Natural Disasters and Catastrophe Response

     •   Monitoring for Environmental Species and Nests

     •   Inspecting Stealth (Concealed) Tower Sites

     •   Data Collection and Tower-Site Mapping

     •   Enhancing LTE Coverage at Densely Populated Events


The session will also examine the vital role UAS technologies can play at tall tower sites involved in the post- 600 MHZ Incentive Auction Broadcast “Repacking” transition work that is currently being conducted over the course of the next 3-5 years as well as the deployment of FirstNet, the nation’s first broadband network devoted exclusively to public safety.

Breathtaking aerial video footage portraying UAS technology in action at tower sites will be incorporated into the session to supplement the presentation. This video footage will help capture the essence of how important UAS technologies are in terms of the safe deployment of the networks of today and tomorrow.