SEOUL, Jan. 25 (Korea Bizwire) – Not all drones fly, as telecom operator LG Uplus proved on the waters of coastal Busan on January 25 by showcasing its “smart drone management service”.
Onlookers got a firsthand look at the full spectrum of capabilities offered by LG Uplus’s marine drone.
Departing from land and traveling approximately 1km out into the water with its self-piloting technology, the yellow unmanned surface vehicle with “JY System” emblazoned on its deck and hull began to transmit via LTE network the surrounding water temperature and dissolved oxygen concentrations – a measurement widely referred to in determining the environmental conditions of a body of water.
Zooming around near a seaweed aquafarm, the drone soon encountered an obstruction in its path in the form of brown algae clumps. From there, the drone pilot took over, and manually set to work removing the sea matter.
LG Uplus explained that its marine drone will be able to help aquafarmers preserve their crops by weeding out harmful substances and by collecting crucial data that would signal harmful algae blooms such as red tide, a destructive phenomenon that has been difficult to predict relying on stationary sensor systems widely used in aquaculture.
The drone can run for up to six hours in waters 2 meters deep or less while possessing the capacity for live video transmission, self-piloting, and remote control piloting, all via an in-house LTE cloud network developed by LG Uplus.
LG Uplus managing director Park Joon-dong said, “The show our marine drone put on here today is evidence that the drone management system can be effectively implemented in the aquatic sector.”
LG Uplus was the only telecom operator that made an appearance at the Drone Show Korea 2018 held on the same day at the Busan Exhibition & Convention Center (Bexco), where it unveiled its “U+ Smart Drone Total Service Package” which includes specialized solutions and maintenance and operations services along with the features offered by its yellow marine drone.
Among the standout technological innovations by LG Uplus was the quality of its live video transmission on LTE and 5G commercial networks. While LTE can support HD and full HD (1080p) video transmission, 5G commercial networks are able to carry high-quality ultra HD 4K and 8K resolution video transmission.
The LG Uplus store located on the first floor of Bexco offers visitors the opportunity to test pilot UAVs and get a close-up look at drone technologies.
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