Telecom companies are flying flying COWs in an effort to reunite those affected by the Ida Hurricane. Far from the herons, however, those winged units are extremely compact, weather-resistant drones that provide telephone service to independent people in the outside world.
AT&T COW drones provide uninterrupted telephone services
Telecom giant AT&T says the most recent COWs have cut off electricity and communications in the Southeast. Although equipped with a multi-purpose cable attached to ground equipment, the special aircraft can hover up to 300 feet in extreme weather conditions, providing LTE telephone coverage for around 40 miles. AT&T COWs can withstand winds of up to 50 miles per hour, and operate almost indefinitely.
The over-the-air communication stations were built by the AT&T Network Disaster Recovery team, which has produced several generations of handicrafts in the past. The first version was released about half a decade ago, followed by improvements.
Dozens of gigabytes of data and thousands of texts and calls while flying COW vehicles first followed Hurricane Maria 2017 in Puerto Rico. Next year they opened 200 feet off the coast of Mexico, Florida, to provide LTE coverage to residents, first responders and surrounding counties in severe weather. Subsequent improvements have resulted in the current version, which will increase service access by up to 500% higher than the Earth COW fields.
The drones are equipped with small antennas that transmit data from telephones to the ground station router. That information is shot into a satellite, which converts it to the AT&T network. That Theater also virtually unlocks open completed work and uploads power COWs.
Unlike most drones, the COW craft focuses on strength and resistance, not speed and mobility. As a result, it is a powerful vehicle that can withstand severe storms and hurricanes, but also frost-free weather, and fire conditions.
In fact, COWs are now useful in many emergencies, rather than being a solution to the parking gap until post-hurricane telephone infrastructure is repaired.
Its various sensors can be seen in wildfires and smoke. Similarly, heating technology penetrates various roofing materials and allows firefighters to see where traps are. His skills will help first responders find people trapped under buildings or find people lost in remote settings or in heavy forest enclosures.
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