The industrial research arm of Nokia has partnered with Smart communications and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in a disaster-response initiative called "Nokia Saving Lives."
The collaboration with Nokia Bell Labs will use a network of LTE-connected drones equipped with cameras and sensors that can be deployed to disaster areas along with a portable LTE network.
The Philippines was chosen because of the frequent disasters that visit the country.
"We looked at where we could apply that and we thought that the Philippines is a good place to start," said Nicolas Bouverot, country senior officer of Nokia in an interview with ANC's Future Perfect.
Nokia saving lives is aimed at facilitating safer and more efficient search and rescue operations while providing backup communication in areas where networks are disabled by a disaster.
PRC said it was impressed with the system developed by Nokia.
"The drone even has the capability to zoom in on a particular area looking for possible victims," said Leonardo Ebajo, the manager of the PRC emergency response unit.