WASHINGTON, DC — ATIS today announced release of a report covering how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or “drones” can be used to restore communications following a disaster. Functioning communications infrastructure is essential to coordinating emergency and recovery operations, rebuilding and allowing the public to contact rescue services as well as family and friends. Designed for emergency planners and disaster recovery organizations, Use of UAVs for Restoring Communications in Emergency Situations captures both the planning and operational aspects of using UAVs to help restore the services critical to so many post-disaster functions.
“Experience shows that the effort that goes into advanced planning significantly improves the speed and quality of the recovery process,” said ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller. “Considerations presented in this report can help to restore coverage more quickly — whether the outage is caused by non-functioning individual cell sites or wide-spread damage to infrastructure.”
Recently, it has become possible to carry telecommunications equipment on UAVs, allowing them to act as “flying cell sites.” UAV-hosted cell sites can be made ultra-portable which allows them to be deployed quickly and conveniently for temporary coverage, giving them a role to play until more permanent solutions are deployed. In addition to hosting cell sites, UAVs have other roles to play in communications service recovery including inspection of infrastructure for damage.
Access Use of UAVs for Restoring Communications in Emergency Situations in the ATIS White Paper Center.
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