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Cell tower extension through drones: poster

Cell tower extension through drones: poster Poster: Cell Tower Extension through Drones Ashutosh Dhekne University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Mahanth Gowda University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Romit Roy Choudhury University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign dhekne2@illinois.edu ABSTRACT gowda2@illinois.edu croy@illinois.edu 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, cellphone 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 flash 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 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Cell tower extension through drones: poster

Association for Computing Machinery — Oct 3, 2016

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Association for Computing Machinery
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Copyright © 2016 by ACM Inc.
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978-1-4503-4226-1
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10.1145/2973750.2985275
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Poster: Cell Tower Extension through Drones Ashutosh Dhekne University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Mahanth Gowda University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Romit Roy Choudhury University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign dhekne2@illinois.edu ABSTRACT gowda2@illinois.edu croy@illinois.edu 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, cellphone 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 flash 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

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