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Method and System for Tower Platform enabled Weather Protected Drone Charging

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247835D
Publication Date: 2016-Oct-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 22K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for providing a wireless recharging station affixed to a tower (power line towers, cell towers, radio towers), for recharging drones. The method and system further provides an associated garage for protecting drones from changing weather events.

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Method and System for Tower Platform enabled Weather Protected Drone Charging

The battery life of the existing small drones is mostly short-lived and limited in nature. Furthermore, changing weather conditions can affect flight patterns and timing of drone flight in a large way. Therefore, there exists a need for a system that enables smaller drones to extend their battery life and also be protected by changing conditions to have an effective flight and flight pattern.

Disclosed is a method and system providing a wireless recharging station affixed to a tower (power line towers, cell towers, radio towers), for recharging drones. The method and system further provides an associated garage for protecting drones from changing weather events.

The method and system also allows towers (power line towers, cell towers, radio towers) to facilitate as a wireless repeater for smaller drones and provides a new revenue generating system for tower owners, wherein the tower owners can offer recharging and weather protection services for drones.

In accordance with the method and system, the first step for tower enabled recharging of a drone includes initial tower identification by the drone, wherein the data elements employed in the identification include a current location and a target charging destination, both locations identified by GPS and a beacon technology. On receiving a command to identify a power tower, the initial route determination is based on the drone's direct line of flight apart from the data elements in use. After identifying the tower through visual or transferred information, the drone lands on the identified tower and temporarily affixes itself to the wireless charging station by virtue of a docking mechanism or any other suitable method. The landing/charging pad on which the drone lands has an associated protected housing. Also, engagement sensors in the drone provide a signal to the tower for requesting assistance on landing.

After the docking mechanism, a sensor based system associated with the tower allows the drone to purchase electricity through a toll type system which initially requires authorization of the drone by the tower. The authorization process in accordance with the system includes the drone identifying itself to the tower followed by validation of the drone information (license plate, account number) by a utility system of the tower. The authorization process leverages the presence of unique identifiers that...