Hey guys, I'm brand new to this forum, but far from brand new to the sUAS industry. I've been a engineer and developer in this arena since about 2012. I wanted to hop into this discussion to get some insight and exposure for some of the stuff I've been working on. I'm the Chief Innovations Officer at Fenix Group Solutions out here in D.C. I wanted to expose you guys (hopefully reaching the developer community) to VCore. VCore is a fully virtualized 4G LTE core network in the form factor of about a NUK computer. This product is the worlds smallest, lightest, and most inexpensive 4G LTE eNode B(cell tower) and Core Network.
What does this mean kinda in layman's terms? This is verizon/AT&T/T-mobile/etc in a box. They come in 250mw, 2w, and 5w systems that create a fully functional (3gpp standard) LTE network you control. The 5w systems create literally 10's of kilometers of range, and 100mp/s of bandwidth. The whole system IP based, being full LTE. Think WiFi on steroids. Our systems allow you to literally connect 1000's of drones to a single core network and common control station, allows for full streaming of HD video, telemetry, and situational awareness. The biggest application for this is probably the dev and educational research bodies here in the community. Being LTE, our nodes are fully mesh network capable, are backhaul agnostic (once connected to the internet, it functions like any other LTE network with internet access, etc). Our systems come with their own SIM cards, and just need to be popped into a 4G dongle on a piggyback computer such as the VOLTA Robot's systems to be able to participate in the network. Since the whole network is connected internally, OpenVPN isnt necessary to connect to any of the nodes. This type of system has massive implications for swarm behavior and distributed sensor networking.
Now obviously (at least here in the states) the FCC controls cell phone band's and licenses (which arent too cheap :( ) are required for operations of our systems. I wanted to hop into this community to raise some awareness of where this technology is going and how we can enable and empower drones in the future.
What are some of the use cases you guys out there could dream up for this system? Information on the system can be found on our website http://www.fenixgroupsolutions.com/products-1 . For folks wanting a little more indepth and technical presentation please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cheers, and be well!