Communication considerations for unmanned aerial systems(Part I)*

Geoff Carey, Product Manager, Tellumat Defence & Security Business Unit The growing demand for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has given rise to a wide range of applications across various industries, driving innovation in associated communication systems. A recent report by McKinsey and Company categorises existing applications into five distinct areas, each imposing unique line-of-sight (LOS)…

Cost effective medium sized UAV surveillance solutions

Market need Unmanned aircraft are becoming a feature of daily life, with applications ranging from recreation, professional photography/videography, sports and movies to environmental monitoring and military surveillance. Usually referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones, these systems range from less than 1kg to more than 1 000 kg, offer flight endurance that varies…

Cost effective, efficacious protection linear assets critical infrastructure

Market need Securing linear assets (pipelines, cabling, etc.) and critical infrastructure (military base perimeters, borders, etc.) using conventional technologies can be difficult, prone to false alarms and generally provide alerts after the fact. Because such assets often cover great distances, languish deep underground or traverse areas with no lighting or communications, they’re frequently inaccessible –…

Overcoming UAV comms challenges through distributed network architecture

Market need Tactical communications are an essential part of the operational capability of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) – facilitating both the remote control of vehicles (UAVs) and mission payloads, and relaying status and camera/video surveillance (or other) payload data back to operators and users of the surveillance images. Various communication options are available, depending on…