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Flying The Wirelessly Connected Skies: Keeping Up With Drones

You’ve likely seen them, read about them, or perhaps even used one. But you may be asking yourself: Can drones play a key part of my business operations? Can I use drones to improve company productivity? What are the regulations I’d need to follow and what are the legal challenges?

All these questions and more can be answered at CTIA Super Mobility 2016, taking place Sept. 7-9 in Las Vegas.

Today, drones are boosting productivity, efficiency and safety for industries like energy, construction and retail. Tower companies are using drones for inspections and data gathering while major retailers, restaurants and shipping organizations are exploring drones to better engage and more efficiently serve their customers. According to one recent report, drones could help save construction and utilities companies over $45 billion.

First responders are also reaping the benefits of drone use. Instead of putting firefighters in dangerous hazmat situations and spending $12,000 worth of safety gear per person, a Tennessee fire department is using drones that can be deployed in 10 minutes. And the use of drones continues to increase significantly—the FAA predicts sales of these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is expected to jump from about 2.5 million this year to 7 million in 2020.

That’s why you need to attend CTIA Super Mobility 2016, where we’re offering hundreds of hours of educational programming, including these drone-specific sessions:

• Everything Enterprise: 5G Use Cases track with a session on Drones and the Wireless Industry: Information, Insights and Actionable Tools to Utilize UAS in Your Business (AUVSI), a must-attend session for anyone in the telecommunications industry who uses or is considering using drones for business.

• Everything Intelligent: Taking Networks To 5G track with a session on Extending the Life (and Reach) of 4G Networks: Use Cases for Drones, where you can learn about business use cases for drones, the tasks they can perform, and technical and legal hurdles to realizing their potential, as well as ways drones can leverage mobile broadband to become a core component of your business.

With any CTIA Super Mobility pass, you also gain entry to InterDrone, the international drone conference and exposition, that features conference tracks for engineers, software developers, executives, investors, regulators and commercial drone “buyers and flyers” in more than a dozen vertical markets.

In addition to the latest advances in drone technology, CTIA Super Mobility 2016 is transforming its exhibit floor into a Smart City replica, so you can experience the possibilities of a seamlessly connected wireless life.

• The Connected Life + Technology Zone will demonstrate how devices, services and applications connect consumers and communities. Attendees will see the latest drones and prototypes taking flight in the Drone Airfield.

• At the Connected Car Lot Smart Experience, visitors will get an up-close view of the models, entertainment platforms and safety features that are driving advances in transportation.

• In the Innovation Zone, you can see the products and solutions enabling an increasingly connected society. Visit the VR/AR Arcade Smart Experience interact with cutting-edge augmented and virtual reality gear, devices, content and games.

The Retail Zone will feature a full range of mobile products and services meeting consumer demand and making the retail ecosystem more profitable. The zone’s Smart Retail Store Experience will feature CE products and show sellers how to increase revenues and customer interactions with point-of-sale solutions, beacons and inventory controls.

CTIA Super Mobility 2016 also provides numerous networking opportunities with wireless companies and experts and over a thousand exhibiting companies. Keynote speakers for Super Mobility 2016 include some of the best in the industry: AT&T Mobility and Consumer Operations President & CEO and CTIA Chairman Glenn Lurie; Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler; Nokia President and CEO Rajeev Suri; Verizon EVP and President of Operations John Stratton, and The Chernin Group CEO Peter Chernin.

Register today for CTIA Super Mobility 2016 so you know the latest drone technology and usage developments.