Verizon, Parrot, and Skyward Form Drone Partnership


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Yesterday, Verizon, Parrot, and Skyward announced an exclusive partnership to bring what they hail as “the first out-of-the-box 4G LTE connected drone solution to the United States.” Parrot ANAFI Ai, Verizon claims in a statement, is the first and only off-the-shelf drone to connect to Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Verizon 4G LTE connectivity is provided exclusively to Skyward subscribers at no additional cost. 

Parrot ANAFI Ai is designed as a work drone to be used by developers, with a full open source app, autonomous one-click photogrammetry and built-in cybersecurity. The Skyward Connected Drone Solution and Parrot’s ANAFI Ai have been engineered to perform complex missions for photogrammetry, mapping, modeling in construction, infrastructure, inspection and surveying, public safety and enterprise. In addition to its Verizon 4G LTE connectivity, it features an omni-directional obstacle avoidance system, 48 MP imaging accuracy, 4K 60fps smooth videos, and up to 32 minutes of flight time in an airframe that weighs less than 2 pounds. 

Parrot ANAFI Ai’s embedded Secure Element secures the 4G LTE link between the drone and the user’s device. Parrot’s implemented streaming software is adapted to the 4G situation to quickly optimize the definition and frame rate to the network quality.

Parrot ANAFI Ai pilots can subscribe to a paid account or a free trial of the Skyward Connected Drone Solution to:

  • Plan with Skyward’s airspace map and fleet management tools
  • Obtain fast, automated access to controlled airspace from the Federal Aviation Administration with LAANC
  • Fly over Verizon 4G LTE with the Skyward InFlight mobile app
  • Process with Skyward Mapping & Modeling, powered by Pix4D
  • Transfer data during flight over 4G LTE

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