A Web Application for the Remote Control of Multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Riccardo Musmeci, Ken Goss, Simone Silvestri, Giuseppe Lo Re

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Abstract

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are receiving an increasing attention from the research and industry community, and today they are adopted for several civilian and military applications. However, state of the art technologies are still based on a single UAV either directly controlled by the human operator or supervised through the manual definition of a flight plan. As a result, scalability is still a significant limitation for such systems, especially when large areas need to be monitored. In this paper we propose a web based application for the control of multiple UAVs. The application has three layers. The first layer allows the user to remotely submit a monitoring mission through a web interface. The second layer optimizes the assignment of the mission to the available UAVs. Finally, the last layer translates the output of the optimization problem into actual flight commands for the UAVs. We implemented our application on a real testbed based on 3DR Solo drones. Results show that the framework scales well with respect to the number of UAVs, the number of concurrent missions and the quality of data to be collected. We observed up to 50% performance improvements in terms of relevant performance metrics such as mission completion time and battery discharge.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications, ICNC 2019
Pages1011-1017
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781538692233
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 8 2019
Event2019 International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications, ICNC 2019 - Honolulu, United States
Duration: Feb 18 2019Feb 21 2019

Publication series

Name2019 International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications, ICNC 2019

Conference

Conference2019 International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications, ICNC 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHonolulu
Period2/18/192/21/19

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 IEEE.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture

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