Opportunities Abound in Convergence of Wireless, Airborne Enterprise Technologies

By 2021, Evolving Wireless Technologies Will Play Key Role in Delivery of 7,000 Petabytes+ of Airborne Data, American Aerospace Thought-Leaders Predict

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AT MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS-AMERICAS, SAN FRANCISCO, CA & CONSHOHOCKEN, PA —Wireless technology will play a significant role in the astronomical growth in global airborne enterprise data and the Internet of Things by the decade’s end.

American Aerospace Technologies Inc. of Conshohocken, PA, estimates the vast gathering of roughly 500 petabytes in airborne data private and public enterprises alone in 2017 will grow nearly 15 times — to more than 7,000 petabytes in the year 2021.

One of the real challenges that wireless technology will help to overcome is how to best deliver, manage and take advantage of all that data.

Sidebar: What is a petabyte?Just as a refresher, one gigabyte is equivalent to roughly 7 minutes of HD video — and one petabyte equals 1 million gigabytes, or the equivalent to 13.3 years of HD-TV video. For another comparison, one petabyte is the equivalent of printed text filed in 20 MILLION four-drawer cabinets.  Think closing scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark, when the mythical treasure is buried away in a vast, secret, government warehouse, never to be found again. Only bigger. Then multiply that by 7,000.

This data is being gathered by various methods — airborne sensors acquiring imagery, machine-to-machine applications and telematics-fueled connectivity – on both manned and a growing range of unmanned aircraft. The explosion in drone use by enterprises is fueling huge growth in airborne sensors, so how does that data get from the aircraft to the consumer of that data?

Data must flow to have value. Yet, enterprises are quite simply overwhelmed by sheer volume of the relatively “paltry” 500 Petabytes being collected today. While most data isn’t needed rapidly, there is a small percentage of data that in some cases can save lives and property.

Airborne imagery and sensor data, delivered using 4GLTE technology and sorted through a dedicated, customizable cloud service — will have to immediately identify, pinpoint and communicate the significant data — that needle in the haystack— the 0.01 percent of data that has critical value and deliver it in near real-time.

And in the process, bypass the labor intensive, slow and time-wasting manual download of information over earth-bound networks that costs huge amounts of labor and delays analysis that reduces the value of the data so greatly.

“We see airborne enterprise systems — sensors, imagery capture, analytics, mapping technologies coupled with advanced wireless systems, including cell sites in the air and improved airborne communications with the nation’s vast network of land-based cell sites as the new and exciting frontier in the Internet of Things universe,” said David Yoel, founder and CEO of American Aerospace Technologies Inc.

American Aerospace Special Technology Advisor W. David McCarley added: “Extending the reach of terrestrial wireless networks, leveraging airborne LTE and fortifying performance and reliability in airborne LTE systems are all important factors in this great opportunity.  Pursuing these areas of focus will also enable American Aerospace to continue in its pioneering role in the airborne enterprise systems space.”

American Aerospace has helped to pioneer the deployment of 4GLTE technologies in the air, including delivery of imagery and data to the cloud using its InstiMaps service. InstiMaps™ is an airborne, cloud-connected imagery and data capture and communication system that can enhance  a variety of enterprises’ abilities  to monitor events, map on-ground conditions and accelerate response times.

A proprietary suite of sensor and data communications systems, InstiMaps can deliver geo-located imagery and critical updates within minutes to browser-enabled PC and mobile devices via a secure downloadable application.

On June 20, Cape May County, N.J., Verizon and American Aerospace connected first responders during a mock disaster exercise to a first-of-its-kind “flying cell site,” which was mounted  on the RS-20 long-endurance UAS and made calls, sent text messages, photos and video from a simulated “communications-denied” environment back to command centers across the state.  American Aerospace also played a lead role in securing FAA approval for the test use of an unmanned aircraft flying beyond the line of site to its land-based pilot and crew.

The flying cell site can be used provide wireless voice and data communications capabilities to areas where communications have been interrupted due to storm damage.  Additionally, InstiMaps imaging and sensor equipment, meanwhile, can relay pictures and other sensor data in near real-time to first responders seeking information about post-storm conditions on the ground by utilizing 4G LTE connectivity.

“The benefits for first responders are real and application of InstiMaps to large enterprises, including the oil and gas industry, electric utility, coastal management and telecom industries, to name just a few, are significant as well,” said Yoel.

About American Aerospace

Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Conshohocken PA, American Aerospace is a pioneer in the growing field of airborne enterprise systems. The company offers advanced sensors and analytics that operate on manned and unmanned aircraft and small electric drones to deliver near real-time inspection, patrol and mapping services as well as airborne wireless services. To learn more about American Aerospace, visit http://americanaerospace.com  or follow the company on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AmericanAeroInc/ .




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