Press Release

Vodafone Germany launches platform for commercial drones

Tue 11 Jun 2024

Vodafone Germany and data collection company, FlyNex, have launched DroNet Hub, an online platform to help businesses plan and manage commercial drone flights.

The DroNet Hub aims to make commercial drones possible for companies whilst enabling them to have a simple way to plan, control, and analyse flights.

Vodafone Germany said in recent years, drones are valuable in a number of applications, from transporting packages on factory premises to monitoring difficult to reach infrastructure. However, Vodafone Germany noted planning and implementing drone flights is often complex and time-consuming.

Planning and Organising With DroNet Hub

Vodafone Germany said there are many considerations before any drone flight. These range from the approval of the flight and its trajectory to the quality of local network coverage to ensure control. After a flight, any images or data recorded then needs to be evaluated thoroughly and at speed.

On one platform, DroNet Hub can plan and organise flights, and enact automated data collection and reporting.

The ‘DroNet Connect Stream’ tariff comes with a high-speed data volume of 500GB, optionally expandable to 1 TB ([SLV1] terabytes), to ensure a consistent transmission of live data from the drone directly to the Hub. Data from the mobile network is also integrated, aiming to help understand the connectivity and population density that lies ahead on a flight path.

The DroNet Hub integrates artitificial intelligence (AI) into its system to capture aerial photographs and and anlayse them quickky to generate automated reports. These reports can then be used to create 3D models or digital twins of the area being monitored.

Early Detection of Infrastructural Damage

Vodafone Germany said making commercial drone flights easier to manage promises to improve how companies monitor their infrastructure. For instance, industrial plants, electricity pylons and wind farms often require complex inspection and maintenance which are expensive and risky. However, without inspecting these buildings, undetected damage could instead risk the health and safety of the public.

Drones can become the solution for monitoring infrastructure for structural damages. They require no on-site presence and can quickly capture important building blocks for the creation of digital twins.

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