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First-ever remote drone delivery completed in Latvia

By Eric Van Rees - 17th January 2021 - 16:25

In December of 2020, Latvia welcomed its first-ever gift delivery completed by a drone.

A parcel consisting of tablets was “shipped” with joint efforts of Latvian Mobile Telephone (LMT), SPH Engineering, and DPD Latvija. The drone's Beyond the Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flight was conducted entirely on the mobile network, and the flying drone used a remote ID device prototype made by LMT, as well as UgCS drone mission and route planning software by SPH Engineering.

LMT's remote ID device prototype is a drone-mounted device that enhances the drone with remote flight capabilities. The device's SIM card provides two functionalities – remote identification and location tracking of the UAV according to the GPS signal. Combined, they offer additional security and transparency, making BVLOS flights possible.

The combination of the LMT remote ID device with the UgCS route planning makes remote drone flight possible. Because the drone and flight path data is available to everyone involved, it paves the way for the implementation of remote UAV flights into airspace, without compromising security. The drone pilot in a command center, flight security observers, and anyone else who holds the need to observe or coordinate flights BVLOS have access to the necessary data via a prototyped site, available on computers or smart devices.

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