Portland, Ore. – Skyward, a Verizon company, and UPS Flight Forward today announced 5G testing and integration for delivery as well as delivery of Verizon 4G LTE-connected drones to deliver retail products. The companies aim to distribute retail products through connected drones to villages in Florida.
“We will need the ability to manage and support multiple drones, flying together, flying from a centralized location, working in a safe and secure environment. To do this on a large scale, along with Verizon and Skyward, we will need the power of 5G, ”said Carol B. Tommy, CEO of UPS.
Verizon Chief Strategy Officer Reema Qureshi said, “We are just now starting to see how the power of 5G ultra wideband will conduct business.” “By partnering with UPS and other innovative companies, we can learn from each other’s expertise and collaborate to create solutions that help move the world forward.”
In 2020, Verizon, UPS Flight Forward, and Skyward began testing 4G LTE in delivery drones to demonstrate cellular reliability and performance at altitude.
Maria Scott, Skyward President Maria Scott stated, “The low latency of 5G and EdgeCompet is ideal for monitoring air traffic out of busy logistic hubs and in particular using a mixed fleet such as drones, trucks and aircraft. ” “This year, we will collaborate with UPS by testing 5G ultra wideband integration to connect Akash.”
UPS has operated more than 3,800 successful drone delivery flights since the creation of its drone delivery company, UPS Flight Forward, certified by the Federal Aviation Administration in 2019. But in 2020 drone delivery has emerged as a rapid delivery of essential healthcare items. During the global epidemic it provided high-risk seniors with a fast and contactless delivery option to stay healthy at home.
“Using Verizon 5G and Skyward, we will be able to transform the delivery experience – more personalized, more on-demand and with the same security, efficiency and reliability our customers trust today.” Bala Ganesh, Vice President, Advanced Technology Group at UPS.