An integrated aerial telecommunications network that supports emergency traffic

Reynaud, L, Rasheed, T and Sithamparanathan, K 2011, 'An integrated aerial telecommunications network that supports emergency traffic', in Paul Friedel (ed.) Proceedings of the 14th International Symposium on Wireless Personal Multimedia Communications (IEEE WPMC 2011), Brest, France, 3-7 October 2011, pp. 1-5.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title An integrated aerial telecommunications network that supports emergency traffic
Author(s) Reynaud, L
Rasheed, T
Sithamparanathan, K
Year 2011
Conference name 14th International Symposium on Wireless Personal Multimedia Communications (IEEE WPMC 2011)
Conference location Brest, France
Conference dates 3-7 October 2011
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 14th International Symposium on Wireless Personal Multimedia Communications (IEEE WPMC 2011)
Editor(s) Paul Friedel
Publisher IEEE
Place of publication New Jersey, United States
Start page 1
End page 5
Total pages 5
Abstract This paper outlines how an aerial telecommunications network can optimally meet the stringent needs of emergency relief and recovery operations. We propose a novel architecture, made of an integrated and highly dynamic multi-purpose aerial telecommunications infrastructure that can be contextually extended with fast-deploying high or low altitude platforms. In particular, we analyze the interest and challenges of adapting core concepts from substitution networks and controlled mobility mechanisms, so that a base network can be seamlessly augmented, both in terms of capacity and functions. We give an estimation of the emergency traffic supported by the lower altitude platforms in an example scenario and discuss the challenges posed by this architecture, notably in terms of disaster resilience and ability to efficiently provide sustained first responder communications.
Subjects Wireless Communications
Keyword(s) aerial networks
emergency communications
low altitude platforms
high altitude platforms
controlled mobility
disaster medical assistance team
Hurricane Katrina
ISBN 9781457717864
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