4G drone solutions for BVLOS flights

4g drone solutions

Beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) - no other technique challenges the regulator and the industry as well as the administration like this one. There are different problems evolving while operating out of visual line of sight. Who is responsible? Who will be charged, when the UAS crashes? How will the connection work?


Jörg Brinkmeyer is CEO of G-UAV. He will enlighten and show, how future drone operations could possibly work. His system is based on 4G cellphone nets. In a short presentation and a live demo center he will show his technology. He will  compare the point-to-point common control systems with connections via the 4G network. He will introduce the Globe UAV Solution with its different flight modes and demonstrate the easy to operate surface of the application. Introduction of the Administrator panel as well as mobile apps for smartphones to combine.


Joerg Brinkmeyer was born in 1969 and studied economic informatics. He is self-employed since 1992 in distribution of electronic parts and equipment. He builds up first contacts to Asia in 1993. Since 2004 he frequently visits China, ran a manufacturing plant for FPV Camera Systems in Shenzhen from 2006 to 2014. With the FlyCamOne brand he had been one of the first entering the market of camera added radio controlled planes at that time. In 2016 founded Globe UAV GmbH, Germany, followed by Guangdong Globe UAV ltd., China, after a developing time of nearly 2 years of the new LTE Groundstation.


BUVUS Team: Mr. Brinkmeyer, your company developed a 4G controlled drone. How does this work?


Jörg Brinkmeyer: Our focus once we decided to develop a new drone system already almost 3 years ago was an easy handling solution combined with a wide operation area with permanent video transmission in high quality. Target clients have been from the beginning government related organizations and companies of public interest.
The result is a 4G LTE network based bi directional transmitting solution. Video transmission up to Full HD with an average latency of 100ms. Ad hoc transfer of high resolution still images and embedding of night and thermal camera for all kinds of operation. But even better is the simple control by mouse and keyboard, tools nowadays everybody knows how to use. The Globe UAV Solution is an office application – no longer need to get cold fingers while outside on a field.
Quite early at that stage we had been contacted by the Meteorological Institute of Beijing, responsible now for a wide range of sensors we are able to add to the system.


BUVUS Team: Germanys 4G networks are present but there are a lot of gaps in the coverage. If it comes to BVLOS flights in a small area with coverage there will be no problem. If it comes to long distance flights, there is a possible problem. How will you manage lost links?


Jörg Brinkmeyer:  When we started in 2014 this was much more a problem at our countryside located headquarter, than it is now – in Germany the coverage now is given to fly almost anywhere – even you do have a white spot at the ground, at height of 50m the signal quality is fine. An auto scaling video transmission reduces the transferred quality when the signal gets weak or the bandwidth gets down, but it’s really seldom that the signal gets fully lost. In case of total loss of signal, it will let the drone return to latest “good” position or pass through, if flying in waypoint flight mode.


BUVUS Team: A 4G controlled drone is unique. Where are the major benefits comparing traditional radio controlled ones?


Jörg Brinkmeyer: Additional to the ones mentioned already, the Globe UAV drones are made for the city – there is no signal absorption by buildings or other obstacles as known from 2.4 or 5.8GHz transmitting systems. One more outstanding point is the distance between operator and drone – operating the drone in Hamburg from an office in Munich is easy to realize, but also a flight distance from Cologne to Dusseldorf with permanent access and video transmission is no problem. The antenna network of the mobile internet will allow us to fly up to 40 km from starting point.


BUVUS Team: You will present a live demonstration at the CeBIT. We are curious and want to know more? Can you share some details with us?


Jörg Brinkmeyer: We will demonstrate the advantages of an operator centralized system where we will fly a drone about 150km away at our German Headquarter at first, but also will give a chance to experience live the charming of German Sino Eco City in China, our Chinese branch location by night – about 9.000km away from Hannover. The easy operation of the Software will be shown, as well as the different additional mobile apps that are interact with the system.


BUVUS Team: What do you expect from the CeBIT Unmanned Systems & Solutions?


Jörg Brinkmeyer: A bunch of after work! A quite good number of new contacts, interesting conversations and new fields of operation as well as new faces who like to join us in Germany, Asia or our Californian Office we are about to set up.


Thank you for this interview and the answers.

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