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NOKIA: Nokia collaborates with the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority to pave way for safe and sustainable drone operations in the country

Press Release

* Nokia and the UAE's GCAA to develop end-to-end ecosystem to support regular
commercial use of an unmanned aerial system (UAS) in the UAE
* Nokia's unmanned aerial vechicle (UAV) Traffic Management concept will give
GCAA ability to track and manage all UAS in UAE airspace, supporting use of
automated drones for both commercial and government applications
* Project will enable the UAE to become the world's first country to allow
UAS usage in safe and secure environment and embrace drone technology as
part of smart city operations

21 November 2016

Dubai, UAE - Nokia and the United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation
Authority (GCAA) have entered into a strategic collaboration to drive the
development of an end-to-end UAS ecosystem that will make the UAE the first
country in the world to allow the operation of drones by both businesses and
government agencies in a safe, secure and managed environment. The project is
part of an initiative by the GCAA to make Dubai one of the world's smartest
cities by 2017, and will allow Dubai government security network operator
Nedaa to develop a next generation network for mission-critical and smart
city services within the GCAA regulatory framework.

At the heart of this new ecosystem will be Nokia's UAV Traffic Management
(UTM) concept, which is being developed to manage drones in and around
cities, and coordinate their interactions with people, manned aircraft and an
increasingly diverse array of connected objects. The Nokia UTM system will
provide capabilities such as automated flight permissions, no-fly zone
control and beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) that are critical for the
safe operation of UAVs in densely populated urban areas. The ecosystem will
also serve as a testing ground for various applications of drone technology,
which can be explored in a safe and controlled environment.

Drones are quickly emerging as important tools for businesses and governments
alike, providing substantial benefits such as infrastructure monitoring and
maintenance, public safety applications, logistics and transport and many
more. The GCAA has launched this initiative so businesses and local
government can take advantage of these benefits, making the city smarter
while minimizing any hazards that UAVs may present.

Nokia's UTM concept combines its expertise in 4G LTE and leadership in
developing 5G and Mobile Edge Computing and related services - including
managing the Network Operations Center, planning and optimizing the network
for UTM connectivity and integrating UTM to other application platforms - to
provide a platform that can support the extreme low latency and exceptional
reliability and resiliency needed to manage UAV traffic. The system will be
able to monitor airspace and flight paths, and share data between UAVs,
operators and air traffic controllers and establish no-fly zones that can be
continually refreshed with the latest data.

This agreement complements a recent Nokia's initiative to establish and
develop aUAV test facility at Twente Airportin the Netherlands.

Bernard Najm, head of the Middle East Market Unit at Nokia, said:
"The UAE is committed to making Dubai the smartest city in the world, and UAVs
are expected to play a critical role in this process by supporting a wide
variety of smart city services. This collaboration with the GCAA, the first
of its kind in the world, gives us a unique and extensive test bed where we
can trial and refine our UAV Traffic Management system, and shape the future
of UAV management overall. This is an exciting opportunity that builds on our
strong relationship with the UAE to help facilitate its smart city journey."

Ismaeil Mohammed Al Blooshi, Assistant Director General of the UAE General
Civil Aviation Authority, said
: "We, as a civil aviation regulator, are pleased to partner with Nokia for
such an innovative initiative for the UAE aviation sector and to build a safe
and secure drone ecosystem. Being the number 1 aviation industry in the world
with regard to safety standards, the UAE has superb aviation infrastructure
and is qualified to play a key role in innovative aviation projects such as
this drone collaboration."

Did you know?

According ABI Research, by 2025, the commercial sector (including agriculture,
industrial inspection, and professional videography applications) will
account for more than 70% of all small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS)
ecosystem revenues. Nokia is a world leader in communication technologies and
its UTM concept using an LTE network is a great enabler for safe and secure
usage of drones.


* Web Page: Nokia Public Safety with the new video "Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
in public safety work and smart cities"
* Blog: Nokia and EE - pushing the limits of technology with drones
* Press Release Nokia showcases LTE technology for the use of drones in smart

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