Drones can be extremely helpful during emergencies by helping recovery efforts and delivering medical supplies. A professor at the University of North Texas (UNT) is building a drone that transports a communication that could ensure cell service works during emergencies.
When disasters like tornadoes and hurricanes strike, they often take down the technology emergency workers desperately need to keep in contact – cellphone service. The Aerial Deployable Communication System hopes to fix this problem.
Kamesh Namuduri, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at UNT, attached a portable communication system to a drone that can fly up to 400 feet in the sky and provide instant cellular coverage up to 1.25 miles during disaster relief operations.
The system currently uses just 250 milliwatts of transmit power, but Namuduri says it can provide coverage to the city of Denton, Texas, nearly 90 square miles.