Poster: Cell tower extension through drones

Ashutosh Dhekne, Mahanth Gowda, Romit Roy Choudhury

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Abstract

Internet connectivity on mobile devices is an essential commodity in today's world. While outdoors, most people connect through cellphone towers on 3G or 4G. However, cell-phone tower coverage is not uniform and is affected by electromagnetic shadows cast by large structures, multipath, and absorption by various surfaces. Users with high data needs suffer in such locations due to insufficient network bandwidth. A similar insufficiency can also be felt by ash crowds in locations with otherwise moderate signal strength due to division of the available bandwidth. We explore the possibility of using drones as a solution to this problem. The drones can hover with direct line of sight with a cellphone tower and extend cellular coverage into the weaker regions. Our idea is to use the knowledge of large structures in the area to compute the expected SNR space around the client's current location. We use ray-tracing techniques to compute the expected SNR in an area. We then verify its similarity with ground truth by measuring, at several locations on the ground, the received signal strength from a Wifi router on a drone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking, MOBICOM
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages456-457
Number of pages2
Edition1
ISBN (Print)9781450342261
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 3 2016
Event22nd Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking, MobiCom 2016 - New York, United States
Duration: Oct 3 2016Oct 7 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking, MOBICOM
Number1
Volume0

Other

Other22nd Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking, MobiCom 2016
CountryUnited States
CityNew York
Period10/3/1610/7/16

Keywords

  • Cellular range extension
  • Drone
  • Infrastructure
  • Mobile base station
  • Robotic networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Software

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    Dhekne, A., Gowda, M., & Choudhury, R. R. (2016). Poster: Cell tower extension through drones. In Proceedings of the Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking, MOBICOM (1 ed., pp. 456-457). (Proceedings of the Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking, MOBICOM; Vol. 0, No. 1). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/2973750.2985275