Blue, Kyocera form partnership for communication relay drones

By Luke Geiver | January 14, 2020

Blue innovation Co. and Kyocera Corporation have announced that the companies have reached an agreement to jointly develop new drone solutions.

By flying multiple drones with mobile relay station functions in areas where mobile phone signals do not reach, such as disaster sites, the “moving communication relay station system” enables reliable mobile phone communication as if under normal circumstances. By combining Blue innovation’s system platform technology such as Blue Earth Platform, which enables remote control of several drones, with Kyocera’s wireless communication technology developed through its communication equipment business, the companies will develop a moving drone-enabled communication relay station.

Samples of these devices were on display at the Blue innovation booth during CES 2020 in Las Vegas. The companies will begin field testing under LTE and 5G networks, aiming toward commercialization by March 2022 in accordance with legislative amendments.

Blue Innovation will mainly work on the development of Blue Earth Platform and establishment of front-end system, while Kyocera will focus on the development of cellular communication unit to be equipped with moving drone communication relay station to establish LTE and 5G networks