Valqari, Sprint partner to equip Smart Drone Delivery Mailbox with 5G LTE connectivity
Smart Drone Delivery Mailbox creator Valqari has partnered with Sprint to become the first smart mailbox to connect to Sprint's HTC 5G Hub.
Sprint’s 5G provides “blazing-fast, high-capacity mobile speeds” that the entities say will be critical to the success of autonomous drone deliveries to smart mailboxes. Valqari’s Smart Drone Delivery Mailbox will leverage 5G LTE connectivity to ensure “seamless communication” with UAS for a fully-automated delivery process, while also providing a “reliable, universal” drone receptacle for package delivery and pick-up.
“The advanced technology in our universal Smart Drone Delivery Mailbox provides everything from a full chain of custody and unmatched security to authentication and protection from outside elements,” explains Ryan Walsh, CEO and co-founder of Valqari.
“Being connected to HTC 5G Hub will allow real-time communication with any drone so delivery locations can easily and successfully be identified.”
Valqari planned on showcasing its technology at the grand opening of Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners on Sept. 11. A testbed that offers 5G connectivity powered by Sprint, Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners also offers a 1.5-mile autonomous vehicle test track that Valqari will use to test delivery.
Unmanned aerial flight software developer Autonodyne, which recently partnered with Valqari, was expected to offer support during the demonstration. Together, the companies planned on delivering a meal from REEF KITCHENS Delivery-Only Kitchen Solution during the event.