The drone-carried on-demand WiFi networks provide in-time, reliable and high-speed WiFi access at emergencies, public events, and rural areas when such infrastructures are destroyed, do not meet the demands, or do not exist.
Public safety and emergency responders can significantly benefit from this application. In emergencies where communication infrastructure such as commercial cellular networks and cable links are destroyed or do not meet the demands, the drone-carried on-demand WiFi networks quickly provide robust and high-bandwidth WiFi access, which is critical for rescue missions by enabling coordination, information dissemination, and the connection of emergency zones to the outside. A heading control enables robust connection despite disturbances and drone mobility.
Acknowledgments: This project was partially supported by NSF (CNS #1522458)
Team Information: Aerial Communication Infrastructure for Smart Emergency Response, The team includes Dr. Yan Wan from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas Arlington and Dr. Shengli Fu from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of North Texas. It also includes two graduate students, Yixin Gu and Songwei Li.