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A. Tiurlikova, N. Stepanov and K. Mikhaylov, "Improving the Energy Efficiency of a LoRaWAN by a UAV-based Gateway," 2019 11th International Congress on Ultra Modern Telecommunications and Control Systems and Workshops (ICUMT), Dublin, Ireland, 2019, pp. 1-6. doi: 10.1109/ICUMT48472.2019.8970857

Improving the energy efficiency of a LoRaWAN by a UAV-based gateway

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Author: Tiurlikova, Aleksandra1; Stepanov, Nikita2; Mikhaylov, Konstantin3,4
Organizations: 1National Research University, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
2Saint Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, Saint Petersburg, Russia
3University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
4Brno University of Technology, Brno, Czech
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2019
Publish Date: 2020-02-18


The Internet of Things (IoT) devices and applications are spreading all over around us to become the cardiovascular infrastructure for the data of the cyber-physical systems of the future. The implementation of a reliable collection of telemetry data within various application domains, including medicine, safety, and security, industry, smart cities, or environmental monitoring, to name just a few, is among the major challenges still to be solved. Importantly, many of the use cases imply a huge geographic area span or operation in remote areas with limited infrastructure availability and poor reachability. To address these scenarios in this paper, we propose a combination of the two technologies the Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) and the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Specifically, we study the energy utility and the communication performance of introducing a UAV-based GW into an LPWAN based on the LoRaWAN technology. The results of our simulations show that a UAV-based GW enables to reduce the mean energy consumption for communication in the network by up to 59%. Depending on the UAV speed, the communication performance in terms of the packet delivery ratio can either increase or decrease by several percentage points.

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Series: International Conference on Ultra Modern Telecommunications and Workshops
ISSN: 2157-0221
ISSN-E: 2157-023X
ISSN-L: 2157-0221
ISBN: 978-1-7281-5764-1
ISBN Print: 978-1-7281-5765-8
Pages: 1 - 6
DOI: 10.1109/ICUMT48472.2019.8970857
Host publication: 2019 11th International Congress on Ultra Modern Telecommunications and Control Systems and Workshops (ICUMT), 28-30 Oct. 2019 Dublin, Ireland
Conference: International Congress on Ultra Modern Telecommunications and Control Systems and Workshops
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: The work is carried out within the framework of the scientific initiative project No. 8.8540.2017/8.9 “Development of data transfer algorithms in IoT systems, taking into account restrictions on the complexity of devices”. This work is also supported by the Academy of Finland 6Genesis Flagship under Grant no. 318927. The work of K. Mikhaylov was also supported by the mobility project MeMoV, No. CZ.02.2.69/0.0/0.0/16 027/00083710, of Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, funded by European Social Fund and LPWAN-evolution activity funded by the University of Oulu.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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