New Report Offers UAS Planning, Operations Information for Emergencies
Tuesday, January 08, 2019 | Comments

The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) released a report covering how unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs) can be used to restore communications following a disaster. Designed for emergency planners and disaster recovery organizations, “Use of UAVs for Restoring Communications in Emergency Situations” captures the planning and operational aspects of using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) 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 nonfunctioning individual cell sites or wide-spread damage to infrastructure."

It has become possible to carry telecommunications equipment on UASs, allowing them to act as “flying cell sites.” UAS-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.

The report is here.

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