• 5G-powered drone monitoring

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  • The challenge

    Increasing employee safety in dangerous work environments

Working on offshore oil rigs can expose employees to dangerous environments. Safety inspectors have to regularly travel to remote locations to perform routine checks.

Costly maintenance and surveillance activities must be performed regularly to avoid leaks, outages and unexpected downtime.

  • Reduce costs and increase safety.

    Drones could significantly reduce traditional pipeline
    monitoring costs, while also increasing the safety of
    crews and civilians.

  • 5G opportunities

    Minimize risk with 5G-powered drone monitoring.

The low latency of 5G can enable drones to monitor dangerous and hard-to-reach locations in near real time.

5G-powered drones could allow workers to remotely inspect sites with less safety risk.

5G has the bandwidth to stream video data from numerous drones.

Incorporating 5G-powered drones into an infrastructure monitoring program could also reduce the hours and cost of in-person inspections. 

How it works

    • A drone’s first day on the job

      • From an onshore control room, an engineer observes an autonomous drone conducting an inspection on an oil rig miles offshore.

      • Because of 5G Ultra Wideband’s low latency, the drone could provide live inspection video to the engineer. The engineer could also control the drone to make any specific observations needed.

    • A drone’s first day on the job

      • During its inspection, the drone could use computer vision to recognize a potential leak in the oil rig and send a notification to the engineer.
      • The engineer could assess the situation via the live feed and take immediate action if necessary—preventing further damage and limiting the impact of the issue.

    • A drone’s first day on the job

      • The drone could detect a problem in its early stages, allowing the facility to address it and continue to operate.
      • Preventing problems and predicting maintenance could save costs of repairs while also reducing environmental detriment.

5G built right

Our 5G Ultra Wideband network is built right to power transformative possibilities for business. With massive bandwidth and low latency, 5G Ultra Wideband can quickly handle the large amount of data required for near real-time monitoring.

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    • Achieving 5G Ultra Wideband’s extraordinary speeds requires a massive fiber infrastructure
    • Verizon has made significant investments in fiber densification in major cities around the nation

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  • Millimeter-wave spectrum


    • Verizon has critical spectrum holdings that include millimeter-wave and C-Band spectrum
    • Millimeter-wave spectrum supports 5G Ultra Wideband’s transformative performance and C-band will enable performance and expanded coverage

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  • Small-cell deployment

    Small-cell deployment

    • Verizon has spent years densifying its 4G LTE network, and its 5G network leverages the same densification
    • Verizon has relationships in place with large and small municipalities, enabling its small-cell deployment

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  • Edge computing

    Edge computing

    • Verizon has network locations that are ideally suited for housing edge-computing resources
    • Multi-access edge computing could deliver access to the tools, power and locations to deploy at scale

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    • This is 5G built right, from the network businesses rely on.

    • 5G Nationwide available in 2,700+ cities on most VZ 5G devices. 5G Ultra Wideband (UWB) available only in parts of select cities.
      Verizon 5G access requires a 5G-capable device.  5G UWB access requires a 5G-capable device with select voice/data and 5G UWB plans.

    • Future use case not currently available.

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