Samsung has now announced a successful demonstration of its new drone-based antenna configuration measurement solution for 4G and 5G networks on a campus of the company. The new solution will present a simplified way for operators to manage cell sites more efficiently. It would enhance employee safety and ultimately optimize network performance. The demonstration shows an engineer on the ground used a smartphone with a remote control application to fly a camera-equipped drone that captured photos of the antennas installed on a building’s rooftop. The collected data was viewable via the engineer’s smartphone and then was transmitted to a cloud server within seconds.
It is noteworthy that the deep learning-based AI solution instantly verified the rotation and tilt of the antennas. So, the engineers could determine if the antennas were installed correctly at predefined optimal angles. It will take just one minute to transmit the data and process the results, enabling the engineer to view results on-site in real-time on the smartphone screen. Samsung has confirmed it could accomplish the task within 15-minutes, starting from flying the drone to the delivery of measurement results. The company will continue adding additional features. It will allow the engineers to remotely adjust the antenna tilts to its optimal position from a mobile device and PC.
Point to be noted that cellular antennas are traditionally installed at significant heights on sites such as cell towers or rooftops to ensure optimal mobile coverage. The operator field engineers ordinarily carry heavy and expensive equipment as they climb up cell sites to measure the antenna configurations. Now, operators will have a new approach for reinforcing the safety of their employees with Samsung’s drone-based AI solution. The solution has various safety benefits during site audits and maintenance in the United States. A VP of the company Sohyong Chong, said, “As the number of 5G network sites grows, there has been a heightened focus on network performance by operators, and we are seeing an increased market demand for intelligent solutions for site maintenance”.