The technology could be lifesaving when disasters like tornadoes and hurricanes strike. Natural disasters often take down the technology emergency workers desperately need to keep in contact — mobile phone service.
Kamesh Namuduri is a professor at the University of North Texas. His drone might ensure that first responders can get that vital access through an airborne communication system.
We demonstrated a portable communication system that can be attached to a drone [..] The system, with just 250 milli watt transmit power, is capable of providing instant cellular coverage up to two kilometers during disaster relief operations. If the system is scaled with a 10 watt transmit power, the system can provide cellular coverage to the entire city of Denton.Kamesh Namuduri, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at UNT
Kamesh’s team recently conducted a successful field test of the first-of-its-kind Aerial Deployable Communication System in Waxahachie, Texas.
The device was lifted 400 feet into the air by a drone. It then tuned into bandwidth allocated to first responders. This would enable them direct access to communication without having to worry about overloaded or damaged telephone towers.
The complete results of the experiment will be presented (with the device put on display) at the 2017 Global City Teams Challenge Expo in Washington, D.C.