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Nokia joins Sendai City in worlda??s first test of private wireless connected drones for tsunami evacuation alerts

Press ReleaseNokia joins Sendai City in worlda??s first test of private wireless connected drones for tsunami evacuation alerts

Nokia and Sendai City demonstrate the effectiveness of drones for disaster prevention and mitigation, using a private LTE mobile broadband network



Test conducted in Sendai coastal areas, which were devastated by the tsunami

12 November 2019Sendai City and Nokia successfully conducted a test flight of a Nokia drone on a private LTE network provided by Nokia Digital Automation Cloud. They tested the potential use of drones during a tsunami or other disasters to help in prevention and mitigation efforts. The test verified that using a private LTE network to control and communicate with the drones is an effective means for enhancing situational awareness and communicating with the affected population during a disaster. This is the first time in the world this type of trial has been conducted.
Sendai City is the center of Tohoku Region, Japan, and lies northeast of Tokyo on Honshu Island, with a population of over 1 million. The coastal areas were devastated by the tsunami caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, and have come to be recognized internationally through the United Nations as a symbol of disaster risk reduction and reconstruction. In the verification test, it was assumed that a major tsunami warning would be issued in the coastal area near the Minami-Gamo Water Treatment Ceter in Miyagino Ward, Sendai City.
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