Expanding operations through cellular connectivity

By 2030, nearly a million drones could be operating in the UK’s skies, contributing £45bn to the UK economy. Having an ‘eye in the sky’ is attractive across diverse industry sectors including construction, farming and emergency services. Existing cellular networks are well placed to support such missions by providing reliable long-range communication between drone and pilot.

  • Electronics
  • Control and Automation
  • Systems Engineering
  • Research and Innovation
  • Telecommunications
  • Aerospace

Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


23 Feb 2024

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Add to Calendar 02/23/2024 14:00 02/23/2024 15:30 Drones Almost all drone flights today are carried out in ‘visual line of sight’ of the pilot. Unlocking future opportunities ‘beyond visual line of sight’ requires autonomous operation and enhanced communications for commercial success Savoy Pl, London WC2R 0BL, UK


London Local Network

Registration Information

These lectures are preceded by an optional lunch where there is an opportunity to network with colleagues.

If you wish to attend this lecture, please book a place on the IET website.

During the booking process you will have the opportunity to pre-book a lunch at Savoy Place.  The cost for a two-course meal with wine is £23.60 incl VAT. It is ESSENTIAL to pre-book lunch and pay for it on this website.

Reservations for lunch can be made up to 11pm on the Monday prior to the event (subject to availability).

Bookings for the lecture only can be made up to noon on the day prior to the event (subject to availability).

No payment for the event lunch can be made at Savoy Place.


  • You don’t need to be a member to log into the system.
  • You can book for more than one person; you just need to add the other guest(s) name(s).
  • You can add any special dietary requirements during the booking process.
  • The website price quoted is exclusive of VAT.  VAT will be added when you pay.
  • You will receive a confirmation of your booking & payment if made.
  • You can cancel your booking - the T&C’s are below.  You can do this by contacting events@theiet.org


Tim Rawling, B.Eng., MBA, C. Eng, MIET

Tim Rawling, B.Eng., MBA, C. Eng, MIET

BT Principal Architect for 5G Network Applications - British Telecom

Tim Rawling is BT’s Principal Architect for 5G Network Applications. 

He holds a B.Eng. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Surrey, an MBA from the Open University, and is a Chartered Engineer. He has worked in mobile telecoms for 25 years.

Reasons to attend

To understand how drone are used now, how they might be in the future, and the technical challenges of evolving from the current state towards safe autonomous flight.


IET London: Savoy Place

2 Savoy Place
United Kingdom

The London headquarters of the IET.

We are committed to having an environmentally responsible event portfolio and we are working hard to plan and implement events which reflect sustainable event best practices.

We are working with venues and suppliers that demonstrate best environmental practices, in particular achieving zero food waste, no single-use plastics, along with recycling and re-use of paper, metal, plastic and glass.

In order to reduce the carbon footprint of the event, we strongly encourage delegates to walk, cycle or use public transport to attend the event.

We’re fully committed to reducing our impact on the environment and are constantly looking for ways to become more sustainable.


11:30 Arrival for optional lunch

It is essential to sign in at the Faraday reception desk which is on the second floor for IET building before entering the Faraday Centre

12:00 Optional lunch

13:45 Arrival for lecture

It is essential to sign in separately for attendance at the lecture. Note this is required for IET attendance records purposes and is different to the Faraday signing-in procedure.

14:00 The lecture starts promptly at 14:00

15:00 Questions and discussion

15:30 Optional tea/coffee in the Faraday Centre.

Free for members only.




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