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Samsung New Drone-Based AI Solution Optimises Network Performance and Improve Employee Safety
June 25, 2020 News

 

Samsung Electronics announced a successful demonstration of its new drone-based antenna configuration measurement solution for 4G and 5G networks in the company’s campus. This automated solution will offer operators a simplified way to more efficiently manage cell sites, improve employee safety, and ultimately optimise network performance.

In the demonstration, 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 visual data was viewable via the engineer’s smartphone and then was transmitted to a cloud server within seconds. The deep learning-based artificial intelligence (AI) solution instantly verified the rotation and tilt of the antennas, so that the engineers could determine if the antennas were installed correctly at predefined optimal angles.

The engineer is able to view results on-site in real-time on the smartphone screen since it took less than a minute to transmit the data and process the results. The demonstration verified that Samsung’s solution can accomplish the task within 15 minutes – starting from flying the drone to the delivery of measurement results. This compares to the several hours it can take for a tower climber to prepare, climb up and down a cell tower, and measure antenna configurations.

Samsung will continue to add additional features, in conjunction with this new solution, which will allow the engineers to remotely adjust the antenna tilts to its optimal position from a mobile device and PC.

 

Safety Improvements for Network Maintenance

Cellular antennas are typically installed at significant heights on sites such as cell towers or rooftops, to ensure optimal mobile coverage. Operator field engineers ordinarily carry heavy and expensive equipment as they climb up cell sites to measure the antenna configurations. Operators will have a new approach for reinforcing the safety of their employees with Samsung’s drone-based AI solution.

The solution’s safety benefits will be especially helpful during site audit and maintenance, which often requires two field personnel to be dispatched to a site to audit or adjust the antenna angles — and requires climbs that use more advanced safety training.

“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,” said Sohyong Chong, Vice President and Head of Network Automation, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics. “Once this solution launches globally later this year, it will offer a safer, more cost-effective and convenient way to satisfy market demands, leveraging our unique capabilities in combining the latest technologies—drones, AI and 5G.”

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