Cutting-Edge Network Engineering with Drones
End 2 End Technologies (E2E) is pioneering a brand-new, cutting-edge application for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones in radio network engineering. In striving to help our customers realize the value of advanced technologies for their businesses, E2E is taking drones to another level by using them for outdoor radio frequency validation.
UAVs are used in pretty much every domain these days, from selfies to surveillance footage to delivering Amazon packages. Police, the military, and security firms use drones to monitor radio signals to keep people safe during large events. In the telecommunications sector, tower companies also equip UAVs with cameras and use them for safety checks and structural analysis of radio towers.
Now, E2E Technologies is innovating this technology for application in the oil/gas, utilities, water/wastewater, agribusiness, and transportation sectors. Our talented team of engineers and developers have created industry-specific software and radio monitoring equipment for use with drones. The result for our customers: more reliable industrial wireless networks.
Contact us now to see how drones can make your network faster and smarter.
Why use Drones for Wireless Network Engineering?
Benefits of Using Drones
There are multiple reasons for using a UAV or drones in radio frequency validation.
- Faster & cheaper
- More accurate
In traditional site surveys, there are considerable risks for field technicians including falls and RF exposure. Not all communications towers are the same and vary widely in size, style, and structure. Older towers may not be designed for climbing or safely bearing the weight of a climber. Because of these risks, insurance for site surveys can be quite costly.
A UAV eliminates exposure to those risks. A field technician or engineer can gather all necessary information without a foot leaving the ground.
Reduce Time & Expense
Radio-frequency validation often requires a line-of-site, meaning technicians need to gather information from considerable heights. Almost every radio tower site has challenges that make them inaccessible to a bucket truck or aerial lift. They’re commonly located in remote areas, such as mountaintops, forests, or oil fields. Workers climb hand-over-hand scaling ladders or support structures up to 1000 feet or more while carrying their equipment and tools. These factors can incur significant time and expense for companies.
A UAV overcomes those challenges. A drone can fly up to an average height of 300 feet in 10 seconds or less. It also allows for quicker and more accurate direction finding at higher frequencies, with less travel time.
Companies that don’t perform a radio-frequency validation at their radio site run the risk of setting up a tower that doesn’t work.
A UAV makes RF validation more accessible and more reliable. It can identify channel usage at higher frequencies and measure at multiple heights quite easily. It also identifies the minimum mounting height needed for the best quality signal with the least amount of noise.
How E2E Can Help
Radio-frequency validation is an important step in Wireless Systems Design where a candidate site is assessed for the following conditions:
- Radio-frequency channel usage
- Signal strength and quality measurement
- Transmitter validation and troubleshooting
- Antenna height assessment
- Location condition
- Documentation pictures
Contact us now to find out how we can make your industrial wireless network faster and smarter with UAV technology.