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IEEE Announces Working Group to Develop Aerial Communications and Networking Standards

By Woodrow Bellamy III  | June 30, 2016
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[Avionics Magazine 06-30-2016] IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, and the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), today announced the formation of the IEEE Aerial Network Communications Working Group. Members of the new working group, working under the sponsorship of the IEEE Communications Society Standards Development Board (COM/SDB), will initially launch project IEEE P1920.1 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.

“Creating standards for Aerial Network Communications brings many benefits, such as safer and more coordinated use of UAVs in emergency or natural disaster situations, greatly 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,” said Kamesh Namuduri, chair, IEEE Aerial Network Communications Working Group. 

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