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Private mobile network to enable drone, unmanned platforms and Industry 4.0 applications

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Internet Technologies/Communication (Wireless, Bluetooth)
Internet of Things
Mobile Communications
Network Technology, Network Security
Other data communications
Mobile communications, pagers and cellular radio
Wireless telecommunications activities


Unmanned platforms, like drones, robots and Industry 4.0 applications need live, uninterrupted wireless video streaming with wide bandwidth, low latencies and dedicated spectrum channels. A Singapore SME has developed a private mobile network with a 3rd Generation Partnership Project-based ecosystem for cost-effectiveness, while retaining the technological superiority of advanced mobile telecommunications. The SME seeks licensing or commercial agreements with technical assistance.



There is soaring interest and investment in unmanned platforms—drones, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV), Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV), robots, and other mission- and business-critical applications—but challenges remain. These unmanned platforms require live, uninterrupted wireless video streaming with wide bandwidth and low latencies, and dedicated spectrum channels. Without these, there is a much higher risk of drone/vehicle crash, jammed communications during emergencies, and loss of precision control in Industry 4.0 operations.

The SME has developed a cost-effective private mobile network that leverages a standardised 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)-compliant ecosystem.

This technology can be used for the following applications:
• Remote live video streaming and Beyond Visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) control of drones, UAV, USV, UGV, and robots
• Critical communications between first responders (police, civil defence and coastal defence)
• Industry 4.0 applications that require critical control and moving assets
• Closed-loop control with multiple sensors including mobile devices performing continuous, instant measurements
• Motion control has the highest requirements in latency and service availability
• Exchange of real-time data, including emergency stop button

This solution offers targeted coverage, better performance, better protection, better control and expanded spectrum options. In contrast, other wireless and mobile technologies are unable to provide these advantages because of:
• Non-dedicated, unlicensed shared spectrum which is also subjected to frequent interference, such as WiFi, Bluetooth, Sigfox and LoRa
• Small area of coverage and slow-moving mobility speeds in km/hour, such as with WiFi and Bluetooth
• Public use (public mobile network)
• Narrowband and inability to carry live video well, such as Land Mobile Radio (LMR), Terrestrial Trunked Radio (Tetra) or Integrated Digital Enhanced Network (iDEN)

The technology provider is interested in licensing or commercial partnerships with technical assistance with MNEs/SMEs of all sizes.

Advantages & innovations

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The advantages and innovations of this technology include: • Effective, safe and reliable control of unmanned platforms • Precise control of assets (especially moving assets) in Industry 4.0 environment • Cost effective as solutions are based on standardised technologies • Targeted coverage: Covers localised operating zones including isolated or remote areas with poor or no public network coverage (e.g., remote mines and offshore islands) • Better performance: Better capacity, privacy, data security, compliance and cellular network performance with customised design and deployment • Better protection: Protected against industrial espionage and cyber-attacks. Data and control planes in private networks are totally isolated from the Internet and public networks. • Better control: Can be optimised to handle specific traffic types with specific capacity and latency requirements. Public mobile networks serve primarily consumers who download content, and are hence configured for more downlink time slots. On the other hand, enterprise users do more uploading (e.g., live video streaming from drone to control centre). So the private mobile network can be adjusted to have more uplink time slots. • Expanded spectrum options: This is due to the innovative combination of TV white space (TVWS) and LTE/5G technologies

Stage of development

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Available for demonstration

Partner sought

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The Singapore SME is interested in licensing or commercial agreements with technical assistance with the following types of partners that can be MNEs or SMEs of all sizes: i) Licensing agreement: The partner could license the technology for further development and introduce it to its customers. ii) Commercial agreement with technical assistance - The partner could utilise the technology with technical support from the Singapore SME. The technology would be relevant to MNEs/SMEs that require mission or business critical wireless communications in the spaces of public security, homeland security, unmanned platforms (air- drones, land- UGV and robots, and sea -USV) and industry 4.0 applications.

Type and size

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SME 11-50,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500