Vodafone will use 4G Internet of Things (IoT) software to protect aircraft from accidents and prevent accidental or criminal drone incursions at sensitive locations such as airports, prisons and hospitals.
Commercial drones are too small to be monitored by conventional radar systems and thus pose a risk to aircraft. Vodafone is set to get data from sim cards embedded in drones to in order to locate their position via real-time tracking.
“This groundbreaking innovation by Vodafone will help to ensure the skies stay safe as drones become ubiquitous, everywhere,” said Vodafone Group Chief Technology Officer Johan Wibergh.
Besides posing a serious risk to pilots, particularly in the vicinity of airfields and airports, drones are also used for criminal activity including drug smuggling and delivering contraband to prisoners.