[Editor’s Note: Circuit of the Americas racetrack was the first venue that Verizon inspected via drone.]
This post originally appeared on https://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2016/11/verizon-expands-drone-use-test-stadium-coverage.
Verizon said this week it has expanded its use of drones in conducting network inspections.
The carrier, which previously disclosed tests of a plane-like drone for Airborne LTE and its use of aquadcopter for tower inspections, said this week it is also using the latter type of drone to conduct venue inspections.
Verizon said the first venue inspected via drone was the Circuit of the Americas racetrack in Austin, Texas. The carrier reported it used a quadcopter to measure network coverage at the track in advance of a Formula One race scheduled for the end of October. The drone carried two 4G LTE smartphones onboard to test and record data on their connection with Verizon’s 4G LTE network, the carrier added.