DFS and Telekom receive German Mobility Award

The Connected Drones project of DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung and Telekom was awarded with the German Mobility Award 2018 for their flagship project on sustainable mobility. The project’s objective is the safe and fair integration of drones into air traffic.

01.08.2018.- The German air navigation service provider DFS and Telekom are among the ten prize winners of the German Mobility Award, which was presented for the third time this year. In 2018, the “Germany – Land of Ideas” initiative and the German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure are honouring pioneering projects which focus on sustainability. The Connected Drones project has developed a digital solution to render mobility more sustainable.

A high-profile jury of experts chaired by Steffen Bilger, Member of the German Parliament and Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, judged and selected ten award-winning projects. Throughout Germany, around 250 start-ups, companies, associations and research institutions submitted their projects for this national award.

Connected Drones is an innovative solution for the safe and fair integration of drones into the aviation system. It is based on the mobile telecommunications network. This UAS traffic management system (UTM), as it is called, enables the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) outside a remote pilot’s line of sight. This opens up possibilities for various deployment scenarios in the commercial field as well as for authorities and organisations performing safety or security missions.

So far, the Drones Connected system has been tested in several field trials. One such was the search for a missing person together with the Dortmund fire brigade and the German Lifesaving Society (DLRG) in Horneburg on the river Elbe. In a recent field trial, a UTM-controlled drone flew along a gas pipeline, which shows how extensive the range of applications can be.

“This joint project together with Deutsche Telekom links two essential areas: Firstly, safety, our core task, where we do not allow any compromises. And, secondly, the idea to turn drones into flying smartphones and thus enable their safe and fair integration into air traffic,” said Klaus-Dieter Scheurle, Chairman and CEO of DFS.

“I am very happy that the Mobility Award recognises our commitment and once again shows the importance of this new unmanned aircraft technology.”

“The networks of the future are about much more than bandwidth; drones are a perfect example for this. It’s about network reliability, response times, that is latency, and the speed at which objects can move within these networks without disconnecting. By connecting drones, we clearly demonstrate our technical capabilities. And we are laying the foundations for future applications in industry, research and commerce,” explained Tim Höttges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom AG.

A short video "Drones Connected: Trassenbefliegung" (in German only) is available at the following link.

Press contact:

Ute Otterbein
DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH
Telephone: +49 (0) 6103 707-4162
E-mail: ute.otterbein@dfs.de

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,400 employees as at 31/12/2017. DFS ensures the safe and punctual flow of air traffic over Germany. Around 2,000 air traffic controllers guide up to 10,000 flights in German airspace every day, about three million movements every year. This makes Germany the country with the highest traffic volume in Europe. The company operates control centres in Langen, Bremen, Karlsruhe and Munich as well as control towers at the 16 international airports in Germany. The subsidiary DFS Aviation Services GmbH markets and sells products and services related to air navigation services, and provides air traffic control at nine regional airports in Germany and at London Gatwick Airport and Edinburgh Airport in the UK. www.dfs.de

With around 168 million mobile customers, 28 million fixed network and 19 million broadband lines, Deutsche Telekom AG is one of the world's leading integrated telecommunications companies and is represented in more than 50 countries. In the 2017 financial year, Deutsche Telekom generated sales of EUR 74.9 billion - about 66 percent of which outside Germany - with around 216,000 employees. www.telekom.com