NATE Takes on Drones

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NATEThe National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced the formation of an Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Committee. The committee will monitor the trends and regulatory environment associated with UAS Drone fftechnologies. The committee will make recommendations to NATE members and the wireless infrastructure committee on best practices involving UAS integration.

“Through the establishment of the UAS Committee, NATE is once again demonstrating our leadership in the industry by playing a proactive role in the emerging technologies surrounding Unmanned Aerial Systems,” Executive Director Todd Schlekeway said.

“There is no question that UAS technologies, if integrated appropriately, can play a supplemental role in enhancing safety and quality in the industry as well as contribute to the vital economic, public safety and national security benefits associated with broadband network deployments in the United States,” Schlekeway added.

The six-member committee also will focus on collaborating with federal agencies and interested stakeholders in the development of guidelines to promote the safe commercial and private use of these systems. The UAS Committee has been actively participating in the recent National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) stakeholder meetings on Unmanned Aerial Systems that have been held in Washington, DC. The committee will continue working with NTIA, the FAA, policy makers and regulators to make sure that the wireless infrastructure industry’s priorities are part of the discussion.

“I believe that implementing the use of drones and remote sensors in tower operations will ultimately provide benefits to NATE members and the industry by improving safety and operational efficiencies,” Greg Emerick from Sentera said. “NATE has again demonstrated that it is an influential thought leader on an important topic,” Emerick emphasized.

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October 16, 2015 |
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