When disasters happen, the speed with which first responders and emergency personnel can contact and be contacted by the people affected by the disaster during the first minutes or hours is critical. Early communications can make the difference between life and death. During a disaster communications infrastructure of the affected area is likely to be compromised. This project proposes an inexpensive, rapidly deployable cloud of autonomous drones, each coupled with a micro-cellular base station that deploys from a transportable deployment module. The goal is to temporarily restore communications for both first responders to communicate amongst themselves as well as for the rest of the impacted population.

Date of creation, presentation, or exhibit

Winter 12-6-2019


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This is the author's post-print. The final, published version can be accessed here: DOI 10.1109/CSCI49370.2019.00020

Document Type

Conference Paper

Department, Program, or Center

Department of Computing Security (GCCIS)


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