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Wireless networks: the launchpad for drone technology

Paired with a strong network, drones can save time, money and lives.

Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, are transforming the way government agencies and companies provide goods and services. When paired with a reliable and robust wireless network, drones have the potential to save time, money and ultimately, lives.

The earliest unmanned aerial vehicles were first seen during the early 19th century, when soldiers used unmanned balloons filled with explosives during warfare. Since then, drone technology has advanced and been used in a variety of industries…


  • The construction industry is the fastest growing sector utilizing drone technology.
  • Uses: job site safety, document and understand site progress, identify potential risks and issues before they become costly.
  • Source: DroneDeploy

Water agencies

  • The Helix Water District, Otay Water District and the San Diego County Water Authority utilize drones to decrease costs and increase safety.
  • Uses: inspect and monitor facilities, and to map and survey inaccessible areas.
  • Source: Water News Network

Emergency services

  • The City of Chula Vista Police Department utilizes drone as first responders for priority 1 and 2 calls, as part of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Integration Pilot Program.
  • CVPD has conducted more than 400 flights, and drones have contributed to more than 61 arrests.
  • Uses: providing an overhead view of an area or incident for ground personnel, safely clearing the interior of buildings, providing detailed documentation of crime and accident scenes, and searching for lost or missing persons.
  • Source: Chula Vista Police Department

Disaster relief

  • Immediately following Hurricane Harvey, the FAA issued authorizations for emergency drone activities in Houston.
  • Uses: search and recovery, inspecting roadways, checking railroad tracks, assessing conditions of water plants, oil refineries and power lines.
  • Source: The Wall Street Journal


  • Zipline International utilizes drone technology to deliver medical products to disadvantaged countries.
  • Rwanda is delivering 60 percent of the national blood supply outside of its capital, Kigali, using Zipline drones.
  • Uses: drop blood shipments from as high as 10 meters up.
  • Source: Fortune

Drones have transformed the way communities operate for centuries. As these technologies continue to advance, the key to unlocking the full potential of these devices is to have a strong, reliable wireless network with the capacity to handle vast amounts of data. Wireless infrastructure like small cell nodes and towers contain the network these devices rely on to save time, money and lives.

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