MORRISTOWN, N.J., Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on its reputation for using the latest tools to monitor and enhance wireless network quality, P3 Group today announced the launch of a new drone program in the U.S. that promises to increase the speed, safety and accuracy of its radio frequency (RF) analysis and reporting for the wireless industry. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161101/434716 The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) will initially be deployed by P3's interference hunting team, which tracks down and eliminates sources of RF interference that can result in everything from minor static and dropped calls to interruptions in vital data connections and throughput. Michael Schwab, vice president of radio access engineering for New Jersey-based P3 communications, Inc., said the program is made possible by new rules for commercial drones, issued by the FAA last summer. "The FAA significantly lowered the barrier to entry for commercial drone operations when it created remote pilot certification standards this past summer. An operator no longer has to hold an airplane pilot's license to use a drone for commercial purposes within newly defined parameters. I received my Remote Pilot Certificate last month and we have begun to utilize drones in our interference hunting operations." P3, a leading global consulting, management and engineering services company, has provided interference hunting services for major wireless carriers in the U.S. since 2010. P3 interference busters specialize in pinpointing and analyzing sources of external RF interference using high-tech equipment, spectrum plots and expert analysis to identify and shut down interference-emitting devices that can range from in-building signal amplifiers to household baby monitors. "Although current regulations allow commercial drones to fly as high as 400 feet, cellular antennas are mounted on towers that are typically 100-200 feet in height," Schwab said. "Drones can access these wireless transmitters in areas of a tower that human climbers cannot safely reach. Drones will make our work around towers safer, faster and provide more information than manual inspections. This will allow mobile operators to more quickly address problem areas to improve performance and enhance the overall customer experience and satisfaction with their service."