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New partnership powers up commercial cleaning drones
Lucid Drone Technologies has chosen T-Mobile to be the exclusive provider of IoT connectivity and management for its fleet of industrial spraying drones. The collaboration is designed to put maintenance teams and exterior cleaning companies out of harm's way using drone technology for high-risk facilities maintenance work such as exterior soft-wash cleaning and high-rise window washing.
The companies also plan to use T-Mobile's 5G network in the future to fly drones beyond line-of-sight and power more data-intensive capabilities such as video streaming.
Commercial property management firms and developers make significant investments to keep maintenance teams safe. Expensive liability insurance premiums and equipment fees have facilities leaders looking for new and cost-effective solutions.
This next generation of drones can perform exterior washing for commercial building surfaces and windows, including outdoor stadiums and arenas, hotels, and university structures. That means maintenance teams can steer clear of some high-risk tasks, keeping them safer and focused on other mission critical work.
T-Mobile's network powers critical capabilities for the drones such as real-time sharing of flight data, battery utilisation information, hardware diagnostics and delivery of firmware and software updates. Additionally, its control centre will give Lucid Drone Technologies the ability to view and manage the drones’ connectivity, along with near real-time visibility to all its drones with the ability to monitor network conditions and device behaviour. With the automation and provisioning capabilities of the IoT platform, it will easily be able to accelerate deployment of its growing fleet.
"We are committed to providing robotic solutions that allow our customers to complete jobs that were once dull, dirty and dangerous in a safer, faster, and smarter way," says Andrew Ashur, CEO, Lucid Drone Technologies. "T-Mobile not only allows us to provide our customers with the highest quality of real-time support and connectivity today, but it also has impressive 5G capabilities that allow us to push the frontier limits of responsible robotics."
Callie Field, president, T-Mobile Business Group, says: "Lucid Drone Technologies is a great example of a customer using originality and new technology to solve complicated problems. It's not very often that you get to collaborate with these kinds of thinkers, and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to offer our technology to help bring their vision to life."
28th April 2022