Connected Skies: developing the natural partnership between mobile and aviation industries

The mobile ecosystem is building a valuable partnership with the aviation industry – with a particular focus on connected drones – thanks to the ubiquity, security and reliability of cellular networks. The connected sky is a major new opportunity for mobile network operators, who can enable a wide range of drone-led applications across a multitude of sectors – indeed the mobile industry is the key enabler to growth in the commercial market for connected drones. Mobile networks can be used to identify a drone, establish its location, and securely communicate with it to help mitigate privacy, safety and security risks; they also offer drones connectivity at high speed over wide areas, making cellular networks the preferred solution for connecting drones.

The GSMA represents the interests of the mobile industry in the commercial drone market, and to that effect has formed a strategic partnership with the Global UTM Association (GUTMA), in order to unlock the full value of cellular connectivity in drones. Those efforts are creating connectivity within and between ecosystems so that drones and other vehicles can safely redefine expectations of the airspace.  The GSMA and GUTMA have an agreement to work more closely together to explore the challenges, logistics and opportunities related to aerial connectivity that could see a series of recommendations that lead to the creation of new standards around the world.

Following the first edition of GUTMA’s Connected Skies conference in Portland, Oregon, GUTMA has organised a series of short public virtual Connected Skies Webinars. The goal of this virtual forum is to make the bridge between telcos and aviation industries stronger and achieve synergy between the two industries. It will bring together decision-makers and influencers from both industries in order to discuss common business opportunities and alignment on the interoperability of services, solutions and standards. Here are two key sessions we encourage you to join:

GUTMA Connected Skies Webinar: Where are MNOs Investing In Drones Today?

Thursday 26 March 2020, 17:00 – 18:00

Are you interested in learning more about the growing capabilities of mobile networks and the benefits these provide to the drone industry? Join this session to hear opinions from a wide range of mobile industry experts on how mobile communication can help improve the connected skies of the future. You have the opportunity to hear the vision from some of the mobile operators that first saw the opportunity in drones, like Skyward a Verizon company and Swisscom.

Find out more by registering to this free Connected Skies Webinar hosted by GUTMA.

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Sebastian Babiarz

Head of Strategic Business Development, AirMap

Sebastian Babiarz is Head of Strategic Business Development at AirMap.
Seb believes that the right technology can enable new business opportunities. His role is to identify and evaluate new business opportunities throughout Europe, and continue to advise and collaborate with regulators and standard organizations as they work to build frameworks for Unmanned Traffic Management, or UTM, in the region.
With more than 12 years of experience in the telecom industry he is passionate about new technology and automation, and how they can improve our lives. Sebastian drives innovation within the mobile telecom industry with a focus on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and the role they play in a connected society and Internet of Things. Previously, Sebastian held various positions in R&D for Nokia, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent mobile networks business.
He is a Co-President of the Global UTM Association.
AirMap is a Silver Sponsor of Connected Skies, and member of the Global UTM Association.

Mariah Scott

President, Skyward, a Verizon company

Mariah Scott is President at Skyward, A Verizon company.
Mariah Scott helps enterprises realize the enormous potential of drones. Starting with a small team and a big vision – enabling a global aerial robotics network – Mariah led the company through startup to a successful acquisition by Verizon. Skyward software and consulting services now power drone programs for Fortune 500 companies and lead the industry in integrating automated access to airspace. The team is also active in developing the global standards and network technology to enable remote deployments of connected drones. Previously, Mariah led the groundbreaking Intel Inside program, and twice received the Intel Achievement Award for new product introduction and leadership marketing. Frost & Sullivan recognized her work in healthcare as a product of the year.
Skyward, a Verizon Company, is a Gold Sponsor of Connected Skies, and member of the Global UTM Association.

Eimantas Puscius

Innovation Specialist , Vodafone Group Technology

Eimantas is an innovation specialist at Vodafone Group Technology. He focuses on driving network initiatives that facilitate the adoption of new technologies. Eimantas is currently coordinating the Vodafone Connected Drone program, where he manages the development of new capabilities and proof of concept trials.

Cyril Mugglin

Drones Initiative lead, Swisscom

Cyril Mugglin leads the drone initiative at Swisscom, Switzerland’s leading telecoms provider and one of its leading IT companies.
Swisscom’s vision is to digitize the airspace to enable safe and efficient drone operations. The Swisscom Drone Hub works closely together with the ecosystem to use drones in an efficient way by using the cellular mobile network.
The team successfully worked with industry-relevant players such as Switzerland’s ANSP Skyguide to assess the cellular network for steering and controlling drones. Together with the Autonomous System Labs at ETH Zurich they launched a 70km BVLOS flight connected over cellular. Swisscom is part of the Swiss U-Space initiative facilitated by the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) intending to positively contribute to the development of the Swiss U-Space.
Before joining Swisscom, Cyril was Trade Advisor for the Swiss Government and helped Swiss companies doing business development on the West Coast of the U.S. Cyril is a passionate drone pilot who loves discovering the Swiss Alps, from Zurich, Switzerland.

Nuran Demirci

Expert Radio Network Technology Engineer , Turkcell

Nuran is focusing on 5G radio network products / technologies, in-building DAS solutions and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). He has 13 years experience in RF planning, optimization & RF design which he uses to reach ideal 5G network in Turkcell. Nuran Demirci acquired his BSc (with high honors) & MSc from Istanbul Technical University in 2004 and 2007 respectively. In addition, he received his Executive MBA degree from the same university in 2011. He worked for both regional & central radio planning-optimization departments and coordinate in-building projects. In addition, he has a great knowledge about outdoor-indoor radio planning and optimization tools, alternative in-building solutions that is used as a basis in 5G network planning. As product owner of Dronecell which called as a flying base station, he recently efforts on mutual effects of UAS and mobile networks. He is also a lecturer in Turkcell Academy that is the internal learning center of Turkcell and teach some special courses in some universities on demand.

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GUTMA Connected Skies Webinar: Advanced Use Of Connectivity For Drones Operations

Wednesday 1 April 2020, 10:30 – 11:30

Mobile networks will soon allow for a vast array of new drone applications, particularly for those requiring operations beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). The effect of this newly introduced area of mobile connectivity and related services will create a new era for aviation and unmanned traffic management (UTM).  This webinar will examine a wide range of use cases where both 4G and 5G can be considered critical enablers of this burgeoning market. The webinar will provide an overview of what is done today and the potential in the near future, you will hear the point of view from both aviation (Boeing Next and ANRA Technologies) a mobile operators that are in the forefront of exploring this opportunity (China Unicom, KDDI, NTT DoCoMo).

Find out more by registering to this free Connected Skies Webinar hosted by GUTMA. This event will be moderated by Barbara Pareglio, Senior Director, IoT Technology, GSMA.

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Amit Ganjoo

Founder & CEO, ANRA Technologies

Amit Ganjoo is the Founder & CEO of Washington DC based ANRA Technologies, a leader in integrated airspace management solutions used by commercial and government entities for managing commercial drone operations at scale.

Amit has over 20 years of aviation, telecom and wireless experience in both the federal and the commercial space. He is an engineer and a licensed pilot pursuing his lifelong passion in aviation by building and flying experimental aircraft.

As part of his pursuit to efficiently integrate drones into the airspace, Amit is a board member of the Global UTM Association (GUTMA) that supports the accelerated and transparent implementation of globally interoperable UTM systems. He is also a member of FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) working group for UTM.

Prior to founding ANRA Technologies, Amit was co-chair for the FCC Technical Advisory Council (TAC) for 5G and IoT, which included ground and airborne autonomous vehicles. He was the Director of Engineering and Principal Architect at Ericsson, providing telecom solutions to commercial customers and the Federal Government, where he was the recipient of the Athena Award.

Deployed as part of the Expeditionary Strike Group, Amit was chief systems architect for the US Navy 4G LTE Sea Pilot, delivering a one of a kind turn-key, secure, unmanned airborne/afloat autonomous 4G LTE Network with applications to directly support the war fighter. He architected the first ever approved classified security architecture for 4G LTE in line with NSA Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) framework, approved for operational deployment by the DoD in 2012.

Amit is an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Engineering and volunteers at a local Maker Space in the D.C. area. He holds a master’s degree in Computer Science and Civil Engineering from Iowa State University and a Bachelor of Engineering from Punjab Engineering College.

Mildred Troegeler

Director Airspace Integration, Boeing NeXt

Mildred Troegeler is Director, Global Airspace Integration at Boeing NeXt ,a business division building the ecosystem that will define the future of urban, regional and global mobility.

Mildred leads the airspace integration regulatory strategy across the company working with regulators around the world to support and enable the safe integration of autonomous systems into national airspace with a continued focus on safety.
In 2015, Troegeler joined Boeing as the director of Technical & Regulatory Affairs in Europe. In this role, she was responsible for representing Boeing interests with all European institutions, most notably the European Commission, European Aviation Safety Agency and the European Parliament, in the areas of aviation safety, cybersecurity and unmanned aircraft systems. Previously, she served as technical and operations general manager at the Association of European Airlines (AEA). Before joining the AEA, she shaped space policies at the United Nations as a legal and policy advisor to the German Aerospace Center.
Troegeler holds a law degree with a specialization in economics and competition law from the University of Bonn; and a postgraduate Master of Laws in air and space law from the University of Leiden. She is a board member of the Royal Aeronautical Society Brussels Branch.
Boeing NeXt is a Silver Sponsor of Connected Skies, and member of the Global UTM Association.

Xin Wang

Engineer, China Unicom

Engineer from China Unicom, Xin has been working on drones and smartphone testing. Now she is the chair of GSMA-TSG UEX working item and lead the UEX group to publish guidelins for device testing. Xin has published many patents and research papers in china telecommunication forums.
China Unicom has cooperated with GSMA DIG to release the drone case study “Ground-to-air LTE communication services for industrial drone applications” in 2019.

Tetsuya Chiba

Director European Research Office, KDDI

Tetsuya CHIBA, is Director, KDDI European Research Office.
Tetsuya is based in Geneva, Switzerland and has experience in a wide range of fields including global standardization, technical strategy, service/business development, strategic alliance with venture, corporate vision & strategy, IPR (Patent Attorney) and so on. In his 25 years or more experience in the telecommunications field, he has been engaged in the project management and the launch of businesses and services such as IRIDIUM (satellite phone communications), mobile internet, data roaming, LTE, VoLTE and so on.
Tetsuya has also engaged in standardization activities in the WAP Forum, OMA (Open Mobile Alliance), GSMA, etc. for more than 14 years. Now, he is mainly working for investigation and strategy planning of new technology/business, opinion/information exchange and communication between telecommunications carriers, and GSMA related activities including IoT, 5G, eSIM and Drones.
At GSMA’s Drone Interest Group, Tetsuya was working as a co-leader of Network Technology Sub Group and one of the editors for the GSMA documents.

Takashi Hara

Senior Manager of Innovation Management Department , NTT Docomo

In 2002, after graduating from Chiba University graduate school (Department of Intelligent Information Engineering and Science), Takashi joined NTT DOCOMO Co., Ltd. and developed World first 3G (W-CDMA) radio base stations in commercial and contributed in ensuring radio interoperability for international roaming with overseas carriers.
Since 2005, Takashi moved to Docomo Open Innovation management team, investing and leading the collaboration with cutting-edge ventures and partner companies of other industries. In 2011, he obtained a MBA from the University of Southern California (USC) and he took charge of the formulation of the mid-term vision and plan in the Corporate Strategy Department.
In 2017, Takashi took his current position, creating innovative business models with new technologies, such as machine learning, telemedicine, drones and so on. Member of the steering committee of Japan UAV Traffic Management Consortium (JUTM). Members of the Logistics Subcommittee of the Study Group on Extravisual and Third Party Flights of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, etc.

Barbara Pareglio

Senior Technical Director, Smart Mobility Lead, GSMA

Since 2014, she has been the technical lead for several areas of focus within the GSMA such as 5G, IoT, automotive, aviation and more. Looking at how to best utilise new technologies and services from the constantly evolving mobile networks, like 5G-Advanced.

Barbara is also leading several activities and communities with the GSMA members, like the activities related to smart mobility, including automotive and advanced air mobility. The latter by leading the GSMA Drone Interest Group and the Aerial Connectivity Joint Activity, to investigate and help the mobile industry to create a trusted solution for commercial unmanned aircraft. Exploring features and capabilities of 4G and 5G needed for the aviation.

Barbara has over 20 years of experience in the mobile industry. Before joining the GSMA, Barbara worked in R&D in several areas of telecommunications. She also participates and actively contributed to, several standards.

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