Nokia un­veils air­field for drones in Dubai

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A new drone air­field to cater for com­mer­cial and hob­by­ist pi­lots has been un­veiled by Nokia as part of a new agree­ment with the UAE’s civil avi­a­tion author­ity, the GCAA. The Fin­nish tech gi­ant has put for­ward a con­cept that would see an airstrip and con­trol cen­tre built close to the city. The Dubai Drone Test Field would have a drone port where the un­manned aerial ve­hi­cles (UAVs) are stored, charged and tested for their next mis­sion. Those op­er­at­ing from the air­field would be al­lowed to fly their drone out of sight – which is not cur­rently al­lowed. The test ground will also be equipped with a work­shop with tools and ma­chines. All of those us­ing the test field would have their UAVs fit­ted with an LTE mod­ule, which is like a sim card. This would al­low the air­field con­trol cen­tre to track where the drone is go­ing. It would also al­low it to send mes­sages to the pi­lot if they are fly­ing to close to a re­stricted area. Joachim Wuil­met, Nokia’s Head of Cus­tomer Mar­ket­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the Mid­dle East, said: “UAV us­age brings a lot of ben­e­fits to so­ci­ety – in the con­struc­tion do­main, field ex­plo­ration, in en­ter­tain­ment and you can shoot fan­tas­tic videos. But any new tech­nol­ogy needs to be con­trolled to avoid the flip-side of hav­ing in­ci­dents, where the Dubai and Shar­jah air­ports had to be closed.”

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