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H. Hellaoui, A. Chelli, M. Bagaa and T. Taleb, "Efficient Steering Mechanism for Mobile Network-Enabled UAVs," 2019 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), Waikoloa, HI, USA, 2019, pp. 1-6, doi: 10.1109/GLOBECOM38437.2019.9014131

Efficient steering mechanism for mobile network-enabled UAVs

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Author: Hellaoui, Hamed1; Chelli, Ali2; Bagaa, Miloud1;
Organizations: 1Communications and Networking Department, Aalto University, Finland
2Faculty of Engineering and Science, University of Agder, 4898 Grimstad, Norway
3University of Oulu, 90570 Oulu, Finland
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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: 2020-06-24


The consideration of mobile networks as a communication infrastructure for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) creates a new plethora of emerging services and opportunities. In particular, the availability of different mobile network operators (MNOs) can be exploited by the UAVs to steer connection to the MNO ensuring the best quality of experience (QoE). While the concept of traffic steering is more known at the network side, extending it to the device level would allow meeting the emerging requirements of today’s applications. In this vein, an efficient steering solutions that take into account the nature and the characteristics of this new type of communication is highly needed. The authors introduce, in this paper, a mechanism for steering the connection in mobile network-enabled UAVs. The proposed solution considers a realistic communication model that accounts for most of the propagation phenomena experienced by wireless signals. Moreover, given the complexity of the related optimization problem, which is inherent from this realistic model, the authors propose a solution based on coalitional game. The goal is to form UAVs in coalitions around the MNOs, in a way to enhance their QoE. The conducted performance evaluations show the potential of using several MNOs to enhance the QoE for mobile network-enabled UAVs and prove the effectiveness of the proposed solution.

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Series: IEEE Global Communications Conference
ISSN: 2334-0983
ISSN-E: 2576-6813
ISSN-L: 2334-0983
ISBN: 978-1-7281-0962-6
ISBN Print: 978-1-7281-0963-3
Pages: 1 - 6
Article number: 9014131
DOI: 10.1109/GLOBECOM38437.2019.9014131
Host publication: 2019 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2019
Conference: IEEE Global Communications Conference
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: This work was partially supported by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the 5G!Drones project (Grant No. 857031) and the EU/KR PriMO-5G project (Grant No. 815191). It was also supported in part by the Academy of Finland 6Genesis project (Grant No. 318927) and CSN project (Grant No. 311654).
EU Grant Number: (857031) 5G!Drones - Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Vertical Applications’ Trials Leveraging Advanced 5G Facilities
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
311654 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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