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T. Taleb, A. Ksentini, H. Hellaoui and O. Bekkouche, "On Supporting UAV Based Services in 5G and Beyond Mobile Systems," in IEEE Network, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 220-227, July/August 2021, doi: 10.1109/MNET.021.2000358

On supporting UAV based services in 5G and beyond mobile systems

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Author: Taleb, Tarik1,2,3; Ksentini, Adlen4; Hellaoui, Hamed1;
Organizations: 1Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
2University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3Sejong University, Seoul, South Korea
4EURECOM, Sophia Antipolis, France
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2021
Publish Date: 2022-01-26


While Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are expected to introduce disruptive innovations in our society, it is foreseen that the used communication technology is the key factor that can unlock their potential. To this end, the upcoming generation of mobile networks, 5G-and-beyond, are envisioned to be the communication standards to support diverse UAV applications. This will also enable UAVs to benefit from the limitless progress achieved in mobile systems. To facilitate the support of UAV services in 5G-and-beyond networks, this article introduces a framework that links the mobile telecommunication domain to the UAV domain. The proposed framework reflects an operational view enabling UAV operators to prepare and deploy their applications over different 5G mobile telecommunication networks. Moreover, the framework allows UAV operators to customize mobile systems in accordance with the specifications of their target services and to constantly receive analytical and statistical data on their running applications. Furthermore, in order to ensure network services (dedicated to UAV applications) over heterogeneous mobile systems, this article also discusses the federation of 5G networks.

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Series: IEEE network
ISSN: 0890-8044
ISSN-E: 1558-156X
ISSN-L: 0890-8044
Volume: 35
Issue: 4
Pages: 220 - 227
DOI: 10.1109/MNET.021.2000358
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
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 Program through the 5G!Drones Project under Grant No. 857031; by the Academy of Finland 6Genesis project under Grant No. 318927; and by the Academy of Finland CSN project under 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)
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