Drones Could Be Used to Increase Cell Service at Festivals

"We're moving toward the future by pushing the envelope on what’s technologically possible for drones."
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"We're moving toward the future by pushing the envelope on what’s technologically possible for drones."

Losing service on your cell phone at music festivals is never fun, and if you lose your friends it could be impossible to find them. It's a common theme, but it all might become a thing of the past thanks to AT&T, which is looking to implement drones in areas where people use cell phone service the most.

In an article on the company's website, AT&T says it is looking into ways to use drones as, what they are calling, Flying COWs (cell on wings). These drones can be used “at large events” or in “rapid disaster response” situations in order to provide coverage in areas that might not be as reliable.

“Imagine you’re at a concert watching your favorite band, and out of the corner of your eye you notice a tethered drone hovering nearby,” says AT&T.

“But this drone isn’t taking photos or videos of the band. It’s temporarily providing enhanced LTE wireless coverage at the packed venue so you, along with thousands of others in attendance, can simultaneously send photos and videos to share the moment.”

Although this idea sounds revolutionary, we might not be seeing Flying COWs for some time as the company has stated that it is currently in a trial period. 

READ: Apple Could Soon Restrict iPhones From Taking Photos at Concerts

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