From the Eye of the Storm: An IoT Ecosystem Made of Sensors, Smartphones and UAVs

The system aims at creating an IoT ecosystem to bridge UAVs and other types of devices, such as smartphones and sensors, while coping with the fallback in an unstable communication environment.
Authors: Milan Erdelj, Borey Uk, David Konam and Enrico Natalizio
 
Journal: Sensors 2018, 18(11), 3814
 
Publisher: MDPI 
 
Abstract
 
The development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) along with the ubiquity of Internet of Things (IoT) enables the creation of systems that, leveraging 5G enhancements, can provide real-time multimedia communications and data streaming. However, the usage of the UAVs introduces new constraints, such as unstable network communications and security pitfalls. In this work, the experience of implementing a system architecture for data and multimedia transmission using a multi-UAV system is presented. The system aims at creating an IoT ecosystem to bridge UAVs and other types of devices, such as smartphones and sensors, while coping with the fallback in an unstable communication environment. Furthermore, this work proposes a detailed description of a system architecture designed for remote drone fleet control. The proposed system provides an efficient, reliable and secure system for multi-UAV remote control that will offer the on-demand usage of available sensors, smartphones and unmanned vehicle infrastructure.

Picture: Overall IMATISSE architecture (credits: Milan Erdelj, Borey Uk, David Konam and Enrico Natalizio)

Picture: Mobile crowdsensing (credits: Milan Erdelj, Borey Uk, David Konam and Enrico Natalizio)

 
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