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Blue innovation and Kyocera to Develop New Drone Solutions Utilizing Moving Communication Relay Station System

The new drone communications technology to be displayed at the Blue innovation booth during CES 2020 in Las Vegas

January 8, 2020Japan

Blue innovation Co., Ltd. (CEO: Takayuki Kumada, herein "Blue innovation") and Kyocera Corporation (President: Hideo Tanimoto, herein "Kyocera") announced today that the companies reached an agreement to jointly develop a new drone solutions.

By flying multiple drones with mobile relay station functions in areas where mobile phone signals do not reach, such as disaster sites, the "moving communication relay station system" enables reliable mobile phone communication as if under normal circumstances. By combining Blue innovation's system platform technology such as Blue Earth Platform, which enables remote control of several drones, with Kyocera's wireless communication technology developed through its communication equipment business, the companies will develop a moving drone-enabled communication relay station.

Samples of these devices will be on display at the Blue innovation booth during CES 2020 in Las Vegas from January 7-10, 2020 (LVCC, South Hall 2 #26820). The companies will begin field testing under LTE and 5G networks, aiming toward commercialization by March 2022 in accordance with legislative amendments.

Sample drones equipped with moving communication relay stations Simulated display image of drone-enabled moving communication relay stations
Sample drones equipped with moving communication relay stations (left)
Simulated display image of drone-enabled moving communication relay stations (right)

Development Roles of Each Company
Blue innovation Development of Blue Earth Platform and establishment of front-end system
Kyocera Development of cellular communication unit to be equipped with moving drone communication relay station to establish LTE and 5G networks

About Blue Earth Platform (BEP)
BEP is an infrastructure platform that enables complex missions via cooperation and coordination of multiple drones. BEP supports business optimization using AI and block chain.

About Blue innovation
Company name Blue innovation Co., Ltd.
URL https://www.blue-i.co.jp/en/
Headquarters Ichigo Hongo Bldg 4F, 5-33-10 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 113-0033
CEO Takayuki Kumada
Established June 10, 1999
Business Blue innovation is an innovative solutions provider planning to deliver five services (security, indoor inspection, education & safety, entertainment and logistics) using its Blue Earth Platform (BEP). BEP is a software and hardware platform that enables complex flight missions via cooperation and coordination of multiple drones.

About KYOCERA
Company name Kyocera Corporation
URL https://global.kyocera.com/
Headquarters 6 Takeda Tobadono-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan 612-8501
President Hideo Tanimoto
Established April 1, 1959
Business Kyocera is a leading supplier of industrial and automotive components, semiconductor packages, electronic devices, solar power generating systems, printers, copiers, and mobile phones.

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