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Nokia's Test of Wireless Connected Drones for Tsunami Evacuation Alerts Is a World's First

Nokia conducted world's first-of-their-kind tests in Sendai coastal areas which were devastated by the tsunami to show the effectiveness of drones using a private LTE network for disaster prevention and mitigation.

Nokia's Test of Wireless Connected Drones for Tsunami Evacuation Alerts Is a World's First

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The drone industry is experiencing what we could call the drone golden age. The global drone market is forecast to grow from $14 billion in 2018 to over $43 billionin 2024 at a CAGR of 20.5%. According to the Drone Market Report 2019: Commercial Drone Market Size and Forecast (2019-2024) published by ResearchAndMarkets, "service drones will continue to be the largest segment of the drone industry although the software is the fastest growing. Energy is and will continue to be the largest industry on the drone market, but Transportation and Warehousing are going to close the gap and overtake all others as the fastest growing industry. Inspection continues to be the leading application method of drones, but the greatest growth is expected in drone deliveries."

Drones for disaster response

Drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), can quickly and safely be deployed over disaster areas. Responders can use drones to create 3D maps, fast scan for natural disaster victims, and assess damaged infrastructure among other applications. Drones play an essential role in emergency disaster response. The benefits of deploying UAVs humanitarian purposes has prompted the United Nations (UN) to publish an official policy brief on this topic.

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