An IEEE working group has formed to develop standards to enhance the situational awareness of aircraft and enable air-to-air communications in an ad hoc aerial network that includes manned, unmanned, civil and commercial aircraft.

Standards for aerial network communications are under development. Image source: Chad HagenStandards for aerial network communications are under development. Image source: Chad HagenWorking under the sponsorship of the IEEE Communications Society Standards Development Board, the IEEE Aerial Network Communications Working Group is launching project IEEE P1920.1 to define a standard for air-to-air communications and aerial networking.

“The growing utilization of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is driving a need to ensure safety through increased situational awareness and direct air-to-air communications for all types of aircraft,” says Kamesh Namuduri, chair, IEEE Aerial Network Communications Working Group. Creating standards for Aerial Network Communications may bring multiple benefits, such as safer and more coordinated use of UAVs in emergency or natural disaster situations, enhanced tracking of commercial and civil aircraft, and overall safer operation with more advanced collision avoidance data being shared directly between all aircraft. “The work ahead is of utmost importance and we look forward to the participation of our many stakeholders as we begin our work in this area,” he says.

The working group will hold its first formal meeting in September 2016 to open discussions on the IEEE P1920.1 project. To learn more, please visit the working group’s home page.

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