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Towards 5G mmWave Wireless Connectivity for First Responders

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Towards 5G mmWave Wireless Connectivity for First Responders_On-Demand Session
Towards 5G mmWave Wireless Connectivity for First Responders_On-Demand Session
The millimeter-wave (mmWave) bands offer vastly more spectrum than current cellular allocations in the highly congested bands in use today, thus enabling orders of magnitude greater data rates and reduced latency. However, the path towards realizing the full potential of this technology is hindered by a number of open research challenges. The teams at New York University, University of Padova, and Austin Fire Department have jointly developed a research platform aimed at exploring mmWave connectivity in disaster response scenarios. In particular, the work is focused on aerial vehicle (UAV) communications, a key technology for first responders that combat wildfires. The speaker will discuss (1) the open source hardware that was developed during this project, i.e., a mmWave software-defined radio (SDR) platform that can be mounted on UAVs and vehicles to conduct mobile experimental wireless research; and (2) the open source software that has been recently released for use in every wireless lab that is interested in simulating mmWave communications in public safety scenarios.


  • Marco Mezzavilla, New York University 

Created May 17, 2020, Updated October 27, 2020