Chapter in “UAV Networks and Communications”

UAV Networks and Communications, Cambridge University Press edited by Kamesh Namuduri, University of North Texas, Serge Chaumette, titlecoverUniversité de Bordeaux, Jae H. Kim, Boeing Research and Technology, and James P.G. Sterbenz, University of Kansas is available for Pre-order.

This is the first book to focus on communications and networking aspects of UAVs. It covers the foundational concepts of the topic, as well as offering a detailed insight into the state of the art in UAVs and UAV networks, discussing the regulations, policies, and procedures for deployment (including analysis of risks and rewards), along with demonstrations, test-beds, and practical real-world applications in areas such as wildlife detection and emergency communications.

Samira Hayat and I have co-authored the chapter entitled “Aerial Wi-Fi Networks“, which  identifies the characteristics of aerial links and communication requirements for an aerial network. A special focus is given to IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi) technologies due to their wide availability in current networking devices, their suitability for small UAVs, and the extensive research dedicated to them in the past decades. We report real-world measurements for multi-hop aerial Wi-Fi networks and discuss the feasibility of this communication technology to deliver the required quality of service for several potential applications.