Method for Enhancing UAV Based Communication

TECHNOLOGY OPPORTUNITY

Florida International University (FIU) is seeking a business partner interested in developing and commercializing a method that overcomes the drawbacks present in current UAV-based communication systems, such as high interference and limited resources to achieve higher capacities by introducing multi-user (MU) – massive multiple input single output (MISO) communication. By using zero-forcing beamforming (ZFBF), MISO-based transmissions can reduce network interference with other users, and generate highly directional beams with high gain. Improved energy efficiency can lead to longer operational time for UAV base stations. Furthermore, with the same resources being shared between multiple users, MU-MISO based transmission is able to enhance system capacity.

APPLICATIONS

The invention will enhance UAV communication network deployment in dynamic environments, such as natural disaster sites and hot spot communication scenarios, where ground-based communication infrastructures have been destroyed.

Any commercial application of UAVs that will require high data rate connectivity will merit from this technology (video streaming to users, public responders, etc.).

ADVANTAGES
  • Useful for interference management and for enhancing the capacity of UAV-based communication networks.
  • Maximizes system capacity and energy efficiency.
CONTACT

For additional information about this technology opportunity, please contact Shantanu Balkundi at shantanu.balkundi@fiu.edu or by phone at 305-348-0008 and ask about record IP 1550.