Performance assessment of off-the-shelf mm wave radios for drone communications

Guillermo Bielsa, Marco Mezzavilla, Joerg Widmer, Sundeep Rangan

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Abstract

This paper presents experiments to assess and understand the feasibility of millimeter-wave (mmWave) radios for aerial links at low altitude, namely drone communications. In this preliminary study, a Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) mm Wave radio is attached to a DJI Matrice 600 Pro drone. The measurement campaign reveals that while the technology is promising, the range is extremely limited, i.e., approximately 30m. Our analysis shows that the poor range is likely due to low-directionality of today's COTS devices as well as poor rate adaptation in mobile environments. More antennas at both the transmitter and the receiver, along with better 3D beamforming, will be essential to boosting the communication range and thus making this a viable technology for use cases such as high definition real-time monitoring in disaster response scenarios or rapid deployment of multi-Gbps aerial links to expand connectivity in underserved areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication20th IEEE International Symposium on A World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks, WoWMoM 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728102702
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2019
Event20th IEEE International Symposium on A World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks, WoWMoM 2019 - Washington, United States
Duration: Jun 10 2019Jun 12 2019

Publication series

Name20th IEEE International Symposium on A World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks, WoWMoM 2019

Conference

Conference20th IEEE International Symposium on A World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks, WoWMoM 2019
CountryUnited States
CityWashington
Period6/10/196/12/19

Keywords

  • 60GHz Networks
  • 802.11ad
  • Drone communications
  • Millimeter-wave

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Media Technology

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    Bielsa, G., Mezzavilla, M., Widmer, J., & Rangan, S. (2019). Performance assessment of off-the-shelf mm wave radios for drone communications. In 20th IEEE International Symposium on A World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks, WoWMoM 2019 [8793001] (20th IEEE International Symposium on A World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks, WoWMoM 2019). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/WoWMoM.2019.8793001