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Enabling drone services: drone crowdsourcing and drone scripting

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posted on 2019-01-01, 00:00 authored by Majed Alwateer, Seng LokeSeng Loke, Niroshinie FernandoNiroshinie Fernando
Drones are rapidly finding their way into civilian applications, and are mostly networked, enabling their remote programming, and connectivity with humans. However, drones are limited by the weight they can carry and battery power resulting in limited resources. Moreover, some applications require utilising multiple drones to act in coordination. The combination of utilising nearby devices (i.e. with additional resources beyond the drone capability) and controlling multiple drones in a more convenient way has the potential to overcome these limitations. This paper proposes and examines programmable crowd-powered drones, involving two key concepts for combining drones and smartphones as a crowd-powered resource cloud. In particular, we focus on crowd-sourcing for drone computations, and multi-drone service management using a new scripting language for coordinated flight paths of multiple drones. We describe our underlying model and experimentation with these concepts. We then extensively discuss the prospect of drones servicing communities within IoT ecosystems, as a future direction.

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Journal

IEEE access

Volume

7

Pagination

110035-110049

Location

Piscataway, N.J.

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

2169-3536

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2019, IEEE

Publisher

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)