One of the core problems for using drones in automated tasks by commercial companies is how to ensure communication with drone in urban areas.

CAFA Tech provides comprehensive solutions in the field of drones, encompassing UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), their Ground Control Stations, documentation compliant with regulations for autonomous flights, and seamless integration with your company’s IT systems.

Conventional drone remote controllers can ensure the transmission of radio waves in urban conditions up to a distance of 300m. In this case, the greatest benefits of drones are limited: quickly gain an overview of large areas, transfer video and work within a radius of up to 100 km. At the same time, almost all cities in the EU Member States have very good 4G/5G mobile coverage. It is also planned to roll out 5G services in most EU cities by 2023 at the latest. In Germany, for example, 5G coverage is already guaranteed to 75% of the population by 2023.

By 2025, it is planned that 90% of populated areas in the EU will be covered by 5G 700MHz band data communications, which has very good coverage up to 120m Above Groun Level (AGL). 

That’s why CAFA Tech offers drones with a 4G/5G module, which can be used to fly farther in urban conditions, even 10-20 km, because there are no limits to mobile coverage!

Various measurements have shown that good mobile communication coverage is also available at an altitude of 100m AGL (Above Ground Level), because the residents of a 30-storey house also need mobile communication!


UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) Vertical Applications’ Trials Leveraging Advanced 5G Facilities

CAFA Tech participates in the EU Horizon2020 project 5G! Drones (2019-2022). The project will validate 5G services used to support drone business use-cases: Drone delivery, Computer Vision solutions for supporting Police and Rescue operations, 3D mapping, delivery of IoT sensors to temporary positions, Infrastructure inspection, etc.). The 5G! Drones project will carry out UAV tests on the following 5G Test facilities: 5G Genesis (GRE), 5G EVE (FRA), Aalto X-Network (FIN), Oulu 5G GTN Testbed (FIN).

CAFA Tech was the Trials Task Force Leader in the 5G!Drones project and the sole technology partner to conduct drone flights across all 5G research networks at EURECOM in France, NCSRD in Greece, and at both Aalto University and the University of Oulu in Finland.

GOF 2.0

The SESAR JU project “GOF 2.0 Integrated Urban Airspace Validation”

With the further enhancement of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and air taxis in the rapidly growing drone market comes the need for the evolution of technologies and framework conditions for their safe coexistence with manned aircraft. The SESAR JU project GOF 2.0 Integrated Urban Airspace Validation, with a consortium of 15 members, will focus on the safe, secure, and sustainable integration of unmanned aerial vehicle and air taxi operations in urban airspace.


Experimentation and Validation Openness for Long-term evolution of VErtical inDustries in 5G era and beyond

CAFA Tech is participating in EVOLVED-5G EU Horizon 2020 project for Experimentation and Validation Openness for Long-term evolution of Vertical industries in 5G era and beyond. Project duration: 2021-2023. EVOLVED-5G is EU Horizon 2020 project for Experimentation and Validation Openness for Long-term evolution of Vertical industries in 5G era and beyond. CAFA Tech is developing 5G MEC (Multi-Access-Edge computing) based computer vision application for occupational safety analysis. The architecture of EVOLVED-5G is described below.

CAFA Tech’s role in the EVOLVED 5G project is central to enhancing workplace safety, as it leads the development of VideoLyzer software for real-time detection of safety equipment use. By embedding this software into the infrastructure of 5G network operators, CAFA Tech ensures immediate on-site video analysis, maintaining high safety standards across construction and industrial sites. This strategic integration also streamlines network usage by processing video content locally, thereby reducing bandwidth demands for video streaming in 5G networks.