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Sensors 2018, 18(11), 3814;

From the Eye of the Storm: An IoT Ecosystem Made of Sensors, Smartphones and UAVs

Cognitech DOO, Sombor 25000, Serbia
Syntony GNSS, Toulouse 31000, France
Thales SIX GTS, Gennevilliers 92230, France
Université de Lorraine, Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Loria, Campus Scientifique, Nancy 54506, France
This paper is an extended version of the conference paper: Erdelj, M.; Natalizio, E. Drones, Smartphones and Sensors to Face Natural Disasters. In Proceedings of the 4th ACM Workshop on Micro Aerial Vehicle Networks, Systems, and Applications, Munich, Germany, 10–15 June 2018; pp. 75–86.
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Received: 20 September 2018 / Revised: 22 October 2018 / Accepted: 3 November 2018 / Published: 7 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Networks, Systems and Applications)


The development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) along with the ubiquity of Internet of Things (IoT) enables the creation of systems that, leveraging 5G enhancements, can provide real-time multimedia communications and data streaming. However, the usage of the UAVs introduces new constraints, such as unstable network communications and security pitfalls. In this work, the experience of implementing a system architecture for data and multimedia transmission using a multi-UAV system is presented. The system aims at creating an IoT ecosystem to bridge UAVs and other types of devices, such as smartphones and sensors, while coping with the fallback in an unstable communication environment. Furthermore, this work proposes a detailed description of a system architecture designed for remote drone fleet control. The proposed system provides an efficient, reliable and secure system for multi-UAV remote control that will offer the on-demand usage of available sensors, smartphones and unmanned vehicle infrastructure. View Full-Text
Keywords: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles; mobile crowdsensing; cyber-physical systems; disaster management Unmanned Aerial Vehicles; mobile crowdsensing; cyber-physical systems; disaster management

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