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Proactive Coverage Area Decisions Based on Data Field for Drone Base Station Deployment

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State Key Laboratory of Networking and Switching Technology, Beijing University of Posts and Tele-communications, Beijing 100088, China
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School of Information and Network Engineering, Anhui Science and Technology University, Chuzhou 233100, China
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State Key Laboratory of Wireless Mobile Communication, China Academy of Telecommunication Technology, Beijing 100191, China
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Sensors 2018, 18(11), 3917; https://doi.org/10.3390/s18113917
Received: 11 October 2018 / Revised: 10 November 2018 / Accepted: 11 November 2018 / Published: 13 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Networks, Systems and Applications)
Using the drone base station (DBS) to alleviate the network coverage supply-demand mismatch is an attractive issue. Found in DBS-assisted cellular mobile networks, the deployment of DBSs to cope with the dynamic load requirements is an important problem. The authors propose a proactive DBS deployment method to enhance the DBS deployment flexibility based on network traffic. The proposed scheme uses potential value and minimum distance to decide the areas that most need to be covered, which are named as proactive coverage areas (PCAs), whereby the DBSs are assigned to cover those PCAs. Meanwhile, when the number of required DBSs is determined, the energy consumption is related to the coverage radius and the altitude of DBSs. Therefore, the proposed method further investigates the on-demand coverage radius and then obtains the altitude of DBSs. Simulations show that the proposed proactive DBS deployment method provides better coverage performance with a significant complexity reduction. View Full-Text
Keywords: drone base station; data field; proactive coverage areas; on-demand coverage radius drone base station; data field; proactive coverage areas; on-demand coverage radius
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Hu, B.; Wang, C.; Chen, S.; Wang, L.; Yang, H. Proactive Coverage Area Decisions Based on Data Field for Drone Base Station Deployment. Sensors 2018, 18, 3917.

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