SK Telecom announced that the company signed an MoU with drone company DJI to co-develop drone-based real-time video streaming product and solutions using cellular networks, and cooperate on their global sales and marketing plans.
Under the partnership, SK Telecom will provide a high-performance live video streaming encoder, mobile application and server software solution using its live video streaming technology, “T live caster”.
The planned solution will enable live streaming of HD footage on DJI drones and hand-held gimbal products such as the Osmo via a mobile network connection.
SK Telecom says the combined technologies will expand the use cases for drones across industries including agriculture, logistics, exploration, public safety and – of course – the media and entertainment sector which includes TV broadcasting, YouTube, and Facebook Live.
In the future, DJI’s drone flight control application, “DJI Go,” may also be integrated with SK Telecom’s streaming application, “T live caster Smart,” allowing DJI’s drones and gimbals to carry out video streaming via mobile. Other opportunities may include integrating SK Telecom’s video reception and control server solution “T live studio” with DJI’s drone operations management solution “FlightHub” to help enterprises manage their drone operations in the field.
The new solution will be first deployed in South Korea, the US and Japan, and the service will gradually expand to countries across the world. When 5G is commercialized, the video transmission app will run on 5G smartphones and tablets, making streaming of 4K or 8K videos possible.