It might soon become common for drones to transport goods and people, monitor disaster zones, and bring various forms of relief to areas that are difficult to access. Which communication infrastructure is best suited to facilitate this? Researchers at the University of Klagenfurt have explored potential challenges associated with the use of traditional cellular networks.
A transport system with passengers traveling between stations in periodically arriving cabins is considered. We propose and evaluate an access control algorithm that dynamically limits the number of passengers who are allowed to board the current cabin. Simulation of a ski lift using empirical passenger data suggests that such access control can balance out the average waiting times at different stations. The algorithm works well with estimated values of the arrival and de-boarding rates.
The connectivity of ultra-wideband (UWB) devices is studied in an aircraft assembly hangar and a production hall. These measurements are the first ones reported for off-the-shelf UWB devices in industrial settings and shed light on the potential of this technology to support emerging industrial applications.
Wherever several clocks tick simultaneously, it is tricky to get them all to display precisely the same time. This can be a challenge for drone swarms that are airborne together. To tackle this problem, young scientist Agata Barciś is developing new technologies.
A boarding solution for a cable car system that limits the number of passengers allowed to enter a transport cabin has been proposed. Our analysis shows that a shorter waiting time at a particular station worsens the stability of other stations.
A multidisciplinary team at the University of Klagenfurt is due to deliver initial insights on the efficient operation of a drone-based delivery network. Doctoral student Pasquale Grippa will present the results at the Robotics: Science and Systems event taking place at MIT this week.
We highlight research issues for wireless networking in aerial systems consisting of multiple small autonomous drones. Among these challenges are video streaming, synchronization, security and safety, and interference management.
Mobile robots in explorer missions need to charge their batteries from time to time. Different policies for coordinated recharging in teams of robots are evaluated.
Mathematical expressions for bit error rates in a wireless system are derived and provide insight into interference control.
A time synchronization technique for networked devices with low-precision oscillators and low computational power is proposed and evaluated by experiments.