Drone Delivery Canada and Bell partner to improve drone technology

To improve technology as it relates to 5G network and multi-access edge computing for autonomous drone performance



Drone Delivery Canada has announced a definitive collaboration agreement with Bell Mobility, effective April 13, 2022, to collaborate on the development of certain products and services in order to improve technology as it relates to 5G network and multi-access edge computing for autonomous drone performance for a three-year term.

The collaboration is expected to result in new revenue-generating solutions for DDC, with a focus on the development of technologies that will evaluate, in a controlled environment, new capabilities to support Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS), Command and Control (C2), Remote Identification (Remote ID), and Unmanned Aerial System Traffic Management (UTM), all based on 5G and Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC).

"Technological advancements like Bell 5G, multi-access edge computing, GPS-independent location tracking, computational offloading, IoT and smart grids will position DDC for the next generation of advanced and novel drone applications in logistics, as well as mobile real-time imaging & sensor data analytics. Our focus on a very broad range of drone applications fits perfectly with the wide-ranging capabilities of Bell. Market response to our logistics solution continues to be very favourable and we are pleased with our ongoing commercial progress and technology momentum," said Steve Magirias, CEO, Drone Delivery Canada.

The collaborative arrangement is part of DDC's strategic goal to improve its proprietary drone delivery platform and its Flyte software solution. Any technological advances resulting from the partnership with Bell are expected to be used by DDC throughout its entire fleet of delivery drones, including the Condor heavy lift drone, which is now undergoing development and commercial testing. All activities under the collaboration agreement shall be carried out in conformity with Canadian Aviation Regulations and Transport Canada flying authorizations, where applicable.

"Bell is excited to collaborate with Drone Delivery Canada to explore new capabilities that will leverage the speed, low latency and coverage of Bell's 5G network, our IoT connectivity and breadth of solutions to enable autonomous drone delivery and related services. We're committed to fostering the growth of companies like DDC and next-generation technologies to support Canada's growth and industry in the years to come and look forward to collaborating further with DDC" said Charlie Wade, Vice President, Products and Services, Bell Mobility.

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