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Method for Drone Traffic Control in Cloud Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243428D
Publication Date: 2015-Sep-21
Document File: 3 page(s) / 187K

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Disclosed are a method and system for drone traffic control in a cloud environment. Drone registration and a communication network between service providers help prevent accidents caused by individually operated drones.

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Method for Drone Traffic Control in Cloud

Companies use drones to deliver products from a warehouse to a customer location provided to the drone. As technology progresses, individual users of drones will be able to share and deliver items to each other. When the number of individually controlled drones increases, the number of drone-related accidents is also expected to increase.

A method or system is needed to help prevent accidents caused by individually

operated drones.

The novel contribution is a method and system for drone traffic control in a cloud environment. With this method and system, individual owners of drones are required to register the drone with a particular drone network service provider. Each drone network covers a particular area and follows a predefined route. Any drone can travel from one

drone network to another drone network based on the selected destination. The drone service providers mutually share the profit model based on usage pattern of drone network. The drone network service provider controls the drone traffic and optimizes the route based on a variety of factors (e.g., priority delivery, current traffic conditions, etc.). Based on the identified route of any drone, the service provider recommends to the user/owner whether the better option is a common carrier drone or a drone pool.

The Air Traffic Control (ATC) system can distribute intelligence among all the in-flight drones via an on-board computer. Using a virtual/ad hoc network can help control the distance between drones and the flight patterns. In addition, the ATC system can request that the drone user/owner declare the content of the drone (i.e. provide content declaration). This enables the ATC system to monitor not only the movement of the drones, but also the content for safety purposes. In addition, as airspace might become congested with drones beside other aircraft (e.g., highflying drones enter low-level aircraft airspace), the system provides an interlock between the drone-ATC and


The novel system can also include some form of metering the drones (e.g., by flight time) in order to tax drones or deliveries.

Prerequisites for implementation include:

• Communications channel(s) between drone and aircraft ATCs, that includes protocols for generating alerts to some other ATC system, drones, or aircraft

• Drone logic that always subordinat...