Charging Techniques for UAV-Assisted Data Collection: Is Laser Power Beaming the Answer?

Mohamed-Amine Lahmeri, Mustafa A. Kishk, Mohamed-Slim Alouini

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Abstract

As COVID-19 has increased the need for connectivity around the world, researchers are targeting new technologies that could improve coverage and connect the unconnected in order to make progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In this context, drones are seen as one of the key features of 6G wireless networks that could extend the coverage of previous wireless network generations. That said, limited onboard energy seems to be the main drawback that hinders the use of drones for wireless coverage. Therefore, different wireless and wired charging techniques, such as laser beaming, charging stations, and tether stations, are proposed. In this article, we analyze and compare these different charging techniques by performing extensive simulations for the scenario of drone-assisted data collection from ground-based Internet of Things devices. We analyze the strengths and weaknesses of each charging technique, and finally show that laser-powered drones strongly compete with, and outperform in some scenarios, other charging techniques.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)50-56
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Communications Magazine
Volume60
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 17 2022

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2022-05-19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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