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Resilient Systems Resources and Publications

Aerial LTE Demonstration Report

July, 2021
Citation: NISTIR 8380

Survey of Drone Usage in Public Safety Agencies

April 30, 2020
Citation: NISTIR 8305
PSCR conducted a survey to explore ways in which drones, or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), are currently being used in public safety operations and identify potential opportunities for drones to improve operations in the future. The participants of the survey included 183 first responders, and the responses were collected in the time period of April through July 2019. The results and further analysis of the survey are explored in this report.

Highly Mobile Deployed Networks
The Airborne Deployable Research Platform

November 5, 2018
Due to many requests from stakeholders about PSCR’s Rapidly Deployable Research Platform (RDRP), another document has been created to provide more background on our newest system, the Airborne Deployable Research Platform (ADRP). The one page flyer is intended to provide public safety stakeholders with an updated look at PSCR’s work in deployable systems. Currently, PSCR owns and operates 3 independent deployable broadband systems with 2 additional systems to be added by the end of year. The ADRP is the groups smallest deployable system which allows for experiments to be performed with small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS).

Highly Mobile Deployed Networks
R&D Summit Report

February 23, 2018
Citation: NISTIR 925194
This document captures the input from the research and development summit PSCR conducted on October 18th and 19th, 2017 to enable stakeholders the time and space to provide input on public safety's requirements and desired outcomes for the "next generation deployable network." The summit included over 84 participants spanning industry, government, and academia and topics included key goals and possible solutions for the desired future state of deployable systems for first responders.

Highly Mobile Deployed Networks
Research Track Definitions  

Interconnection, Backhaul, and Vehicles: This area of research focuses on the transportation, coordination, and interconnection between each deployable network on scene.
Resilient Systems: This track will focus the networking protocols and techniques used to move data on the HMDN.
Security: This research track focuses on how technologies can dynamically authenticate users on deployable networks in a secure and reliable way.
LTE Platforms: This area of research focuses on the radio access network (RAN) and evolved packet core (EPC) portions of the LTE network.
Applications: The applications track will focus on end-user experience in Highly Mobile Deployed Networks.

Highly Mobile Deployed Networks
Use Case 1: Dynamic Incident Area Network with No Existing Coverage or Backhaul

This use case represents an unplanned scenario in an environment where there is no terrestrial LTE coverage or access to the existing PSBN. This type of scenario could be a result of geographical factors such as remote isolation (e.g., the terrestrial network does not reach the area where the incident is occurring), and/or terrain-based isolation (e.g., the response occurs in an area of austere terrain or dense foliage which limits useful line of sight communications from a fixed network). The denial of access could also be caused by an environment in which a man-made or natural disaster disables terrestrial coverage from the PSBN. In either case, it is assumed that there is no interference from, or possibility of interaction with, an existing network.

Highly Mobile Deployed Networks
Use Case 2: Dynamic Coverage of Existing Network, Intermittent Backhaul

This represents a scenario where a network such as the highly mobile deployed network described above in use case 1 (UC1) is moving in and out of the coverage area of the existing, nationwide public safety broadband network (PSBN). Additionally, during this movement, backhaul connectivity may be available, but its connection specifics such as throughput, availability, latency, loss, etc. all vary greatly from situation to situation.

Created October 31, 2017, Updated July 30, 2021