Verizon sets path forward for Airborne LTE Operations

Verizon (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) has announced its strategy to drive innovation and wide-spread adoption for in-flight wireless connectivity through its Airborne LTE Operations (ALO) initiative, the company said.

Two years in the making, Verizon´s plan includes:

The successful completion of technical trials in various locations across the country using a combination of unmanned and manned aircraft on Verizon´s 4G LTE network.
An early adopter simulation exercise in Cape May, New Jersey using unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) to demonstrate how Verizon´s 4G LTE network can help first responders and emergency management personnel enhance disaster recovery efforts.

The launch of a new suite of services as early as 2017 on Verizon´s ThingSpace IoT platform to help developers and businesses create and manage a wide-range of ALO-enabled applications simply backed by secure cloud and analytics capabilities.

A new device certification process, now available, that sets forth requirements to enable access to wireless connectivity for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) on Verizon´s 4G LTE network.
Collaboration with innovative partners such as American Aerospace (AATI) and Sierra Wireless to pave the way for aerial long-range applications beyond line of sight.

Verizon Communications, headquartered in New York City, has a diverse workforce of nearly 162,700 and generated nearly USD132 billion in 2015 revenues.