UNITED STATES (CBSDFW.COM) – AT&T announced five days ago that it was collaborating with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop an Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UAS) program to allow agencies to monitor drones.READ MORE: COVID-19 Vaccination Hub Opens At Potter's House In Dallas
The program will make it safer for drone operators to plan and monitor flight paths, navigate drones, and use drones for surveillance, according to the AT&T release.
“Working with NASA and others, we are designing the management system for a new frontier in aviation,” said Mike Leff, Vice President, Civilian, AT&T Global Public Sector Solutions. “Drones are already used in agriculture, public safety, construction, utilities, real estate and TV. This research can help support the commercial and private use of drones nationwide.”READ MORE: 'No Business Wearing This Uniform,' Dallas Police Officer Bryan Riser Arrested, Charged With 2 Counts Capital Murder
The company stated that its main focus is to lower the risk of drone-related cyberattacks.
AT&T has also implemented a national drone program, according to the release. The company uses drones to inspect cell towers and measure network performance at venues and locations across the country.MORE NEWS: Texas Detectives Dismantle Drug Lab, Seize 50 Pounds Of Meth And Skull Grip Handgun
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