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Internet of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles—A Multilayer Low-Altitude Airspace Model for Distributed UAV Traffic Management

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SnT—University of Luxembourg, L-4364 Esch–Sur–Alzette, Luxembourg
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FSTC—CSC ILIAS, University of Luxembourg, L-4364 Esch–Sur–Alzette, Luxembourg
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Institute of Computing Science, Poznań University of Technology, 60–965 Poznań, Poland
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Sensors 2019, 19(21), 4779; https://doi.org/10.3390/s19214779
Received: 30 September 2019 / Revised: 27 October 2019 / Accepted: 31 October 2019 / Published: 3 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue UAV-Based Applications in the Internet of Things (IoT))
The rapid adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) has encouraged the integration of new connected devices such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to the ubiquitous network. UAVs promise a pragmatic solution to the limitations of existing terrestrial IoT infrastructure as well as bring new means of delivering IoT services through a wide range of applications. Owning to their potential, UAVs are expected to soon dominate the low-altitude airspace over populated cities. This introduces new research challenges such as the safe management of UAVs operation under high traffic demands. This paper proposes a novel way of structuring the uncontrolled, low-altitude airspace, with the aim of addressing the complex problem of UAV traffic management at an abstract level. The work, hence, introduces a model of the airspace as a weighted multilayer network of nodes and airways and presents a set of experimental simulation results using three UAV traffic management heuristics. View Full-Text
Keywords: Internet of Things; traffic management; autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles; low-altitude airspace; multilayer networks Internet of Things; traffic management; autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles; low-altitude airspace; multilayer networks
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Samir Labib, N.; Danoy, G.; Musial, J.; Brust, M.R.; Bouvry, P. Internet of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles—A Multilayer Low-Altitude Airspace Model for Distributed UAV Traffic Management. Sensors 2019, 19, 4779.

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