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A New FANET Simulator for Managing Drone Networks and Providing Dynamic Connectivity

DIMES Department, University of Calabria, via P. Bucci 39/c, 87036 Arcavacata di Rende, Cosenza, Italy
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Electronics 2020, 9(4), 543; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics9040543
Received: 14 February 2020 / Revised: 13 March 2020 / Accepted: 19 March 2020 / Published: 25 March 2020
In the last decade, the attention on unmanned aerial vehicles has rapidly grown, due to their ability to help in many human activities. Among their widespread benefits, one of the most important uses regards the possibility of distributing wireless connectivity to many users in a specific coverage area. In this study, we focus our attention on these new kinds of networks, called flying ad-hoc networks. As stated in the literature, they are suitable for all emergency situations where the traditional networking paradigm may have many issues or difficulties to be implemented. The use of a software simulator can give important help to the scientific community in the choice of the right UAV/drone parameters in many different situations. In particular, in this work, we focus our main attention on the new ways of area covering and human mobility behaviors with the introduction of a UAV/drone behavior model to take into account also drones energetic issues. A deep campaign of simulations was carried out to evaluate the goodness of the proposed simulator illustrating how it works.
Keywords: FANET; coverage model; human mobility model; UAVs/drones positioning; energy model FANET; coverage model; human mobility model; UAVs/drones positioning; energy model
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Tropea, M.; Fazio, P.; De Rango, F.; Cordeschi, N. A New FANET Simulator for Managing Drone Networks and Providing Dynamic Connectivity. Electronics 2020, 9, 543.

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