First responders make calls and send text messages using “flying cell site”
Jun 21, 2017
If a severe hurricane strikes, power and communication services can be disrupted for days. Today, Verizon and American Aerospace Technologies, Inc. (AATI), took the next step in advancing cutting-edge communications from a drone for disaster response.
First responders used smartphones to connect to a “flying cell site” and made calls and sent text messages back to their command centers during an emergency management exercise in Cape May County, N.J. The wireless coverage was provided by Verizon’s Airborne LTE service aboard AATI’s long-endurance unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The exercise was directed by the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management with exercise participants including the New Jersey State Police in a scenario designed as response to a category II hurricane.