Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.

Driving Connectivity in the Scottish Islands: Droneways and Airmasts

10,054 views

Published on

Presentation by Mansoor Hanif Director of Converged Networks and Innovation BT/EE at the Facebook TIP Summit 2016.

Shared with permission

Published in: Technology
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

Driving Connectivity in the Scottish Islands: Droneways and Airmasts

  1. 1. Driving Connectivity in the Scottish Islands: Droneways and Airmasts Mansoor Hanif Director of Converged Networks and Innovation BT/EE TIP Summit, Menlo Park, Tues Nov 1st
  2. 2. Agenda • Innovating towards 100% Coverage • Overview of the Scottish Innovation Programme (SIP) • SIP governance, board composition, membership and project selection • EE’s committed and proposed SIP projects • EE’s work with partners on Airmasts • Interaction with TIP 2Scotland Innovation Programme
  3. 3. Satellite backhaul Rural small cell – BT products Infill for railway cuttings (repeaters) Railway tunnel coverage Tethered Balloons and UAVs Device to Device 1Gbps roadmap for trains Lighthousecoverage for Ships and UAVs Rural small cell with in- band backhaul Indoor Multi-host solutions Private4G networks / NiB / Edge Computing Innovating to the farthest reaches
  4. 4. Key areas of focus New sites Airborne solutions Special projects Open source tech Maritime solutions
  5. 5. Scotland Innovation Programme Scotland Innovation Programme (SIP) is an open collaborative framework to which companies or individuals can contribute, by creating or participating in innovative projects with any of the following objectives: SIP Objectives: 1. Implement innovative solutions to move towards achieving 100% indoor and outdoor 4G coverage across Scotland. 2. Provide a platform for innovation to close the gap between the availability of new technologies in urban areas and their availability in remote areas of Scotland. 3. Enhance the lives of local communities through innovation in communications technology 5 Innovate to achieve 100% coverage Closing Digital Divide Enhancing Lives Scotland Innovation Programme
  6. 6. SIP - Governance Structure 6Scotland Innovation Programme Board is responsible for project selection, programme management, engagement with new organisation and communication across all members. Project Lead is responsible for delivery of assigned project along with resource management and progress reporting. Project Team supports Project Lead in delivering the project. Team could consist of representatives ofdifferent organisations as well as independent individuals. Contributors are the wider knowledge pool accessible through SIP Members network who could be reached via Project representatives for support. Board Project Lead Project Teams Contributors Board Members • BT EE • Scottish Futures Trust, Scottish Government and Highlands & Islands Enterprise • University ofStrathclyde • Nokia • Cisco • University ofHighlands & Islands • Digital Health Institute, Censis and Datalabs • Quortus, Parallel Wireless and AWTG • Intel • Lime Microsystems • Avanti Confirmed ParticipatingCompanies
  7. 7. Project 1: Rural Connectivity Solutions 7Scotland Innovation Programme Objective Innovation Community Create low-cost and sustainable community- based solutions to extend and improve 4G connectivity in very remote island communities in Scotland. BT EE is currently reviewing Parallel Wireless, Nokia, Facebook and community owned mast solutions along with other vendors to achieve this in a sustainable, innovative and cost effective format. Due to extended fix times in remote locations, we are trying to create robust and simple coverage solutions that are easy to fix where the local community could carry out certain aspects of preventive maintenance such as visual health checks. Current Challenges Roles and Responsibilities Deliverables & Time lines Many parts of Scotland are not connected through a fast mobile or broadband network. This impacts their productivity and reach along with ability to contribute towards further innovation. BT EE would lead this project with a project team consisting of BT EE and the selected supplier representatives. Two locations identified for this are as follows: 1. Kilmory 2. Borgh To be delivered within 6 months from the start of deployment. Borgh Kilmory Possible pilot location for TIP Open-Cellular Project and System Integration Project
  8. 8. Project 2: Lighthouses to Provide 4G coverage Airborne - Enabling Droneway (with Nokia UTM) 8Scotland Innovation Programme Objective Innovation Community To utilise lighthouses to provide 4G coverage and enable stable connectivity which can be used to control drones beyond line of sight to deliver items to remote areas of Scotland. BT EE is currently exploring through trials and partnerships with leading industry innovators to identify best solution for this project. This system will enable communities to order items online or over the phone which will then be delivered to their community via drone. Current Challenges Roles and Responsibilities Deliverables & Time lines Many remote area do not have ready access to shops or pharmacies and therefore residents need to travel via road and/or ferry to gain access to such items. BT EE would lead this project with a project team consisting of BT EE and the selected supplier representatives. Two locations identified for this are as follows: 1. Tiumpen Head 2. Sumburgh Head To be delivered within 6 months from the start of deployment. Air Delivery Droneway Possible new TIP Project in Access Workstream
  9. 9. Project 2: Lighthouses to Provide 4G Coverage Costal Areas for Emergency Services 9Scotland Innovation Programme Objective Innovation Community To utilise lighthouses to provide 4G coverage in coastal areas for emergency services response including the ability to make video calls back to base whilst treating a patient or managing an incident. BT EE is currently reviewing Parallel Wireless and Nokia solution along with other vendors to achieve this in a sustainable, innovative and cost effective format. Connectivity around coastal areas will enable communities to stay in touch as well as reach 999 services in case of any emergencies. Current Challenges Roles and Responsibilities Deliverables & Time lines Due to the remote locations and regulatory spectrum requirements around radiating near coastlines, several of Scotland’s coastal areas have no coverage. BT EE would lead this project with a project team consisting of BT EE and the selected supplier representatives. Two locations identified for this are as follows: 1. Tiumpen Head 2. Sumburgh Head To be delivered within 6 months from the start of deployment Tiumpen Head Sumburgh Head
  10. 10. USINGLIGHTHOUSESAND4G TOCREATEA DRONEWAYFROMULLAPOOLTO STORNOWAY 10
  11. 11. Other Areas Under Exploration Disaster Recovery Using Tethered Drones & Balloons • In disaster situations, the communication network relying on the telecoms masts often get damaged which impacts the connectivity to areas which are mostaffected by the disaster. • EE is exploringtethered drones and balloons as a solution which can be deployed at short noticeand could temporally reestablish the communicationnetwork. E-Health applications utilising enhanced rural 4G connectivity • E-Health will increasethe reach of medical advancement and help close the digital divide as well as benefit the health of local communities. • Scotland, due to its disparatepopulation and landscapewouldgreatly benefitfrom E- Health. • The solutions areunder exploration and we welcomeany feedback or suggestionsfor a projectin this area. 22/09/2016Scotland Innovation Programme 11 Possible new TIP Projects
  12. 12. PROOFOFCONCEPTSCENARIOSTESTED Scenarios Drone Balloon NIB Full Network Access 4G Inband Backhaul Satellite Backhaul Battery in Air Power on Tether Data to air Very fast deployment, low endurance, limited subscribers    Fast deployment, high endurance, limited subscribers     Slow deployment, high endurance, unlimited subscribers      Low costs to run, good deployment footprint, high endurance     
  13. 13. TETHERED,POWEREDDRONE • Hexacopter dronefrom uVue • Nokia Flexizone Picocell with NIB softwareand integrated antenna • 2.6 Kg Payload • Li-Po battery • Optimal Height40m of operation • 45+ mins flying time tested • Telemetry to inform power draw The main challengewas to design a dronewhich would lift payload, VoltServer- Rx unit, the emergency battery back-up & the tether cable
  14. 14. TETHERED,POWEREDHELIKITE • A CWS-1050provided access on 2100 LTE • Transport was provided via LTE 1800 backhaul module BHM-101 connected to the macro via an external antenna • Overall low power consumption (150 W) • Power provided by VoltServer • Demonstrated voice calls and streaming video
  15. 15. AIRMASTNEXTSTEPS 1. Productising the solution a. Weatherproofingall equipment for field deployment b. Optimising balloon size for different payloads to meet different needs c. Integrating with RRV support 2. Drone Development a. Weatherproofingdrones b. Improved control algorithms to cope with significant wind speeds 3. Weight reduction a. R&D work required for payload reduction for drone operations b. Investigate emerging lighter battery technologies 4. Market ready a. EE is ready to engage with Ofcom, CAA and NATS to progress towards enabling a commercially viable solution
  16. 16. AIRMASTNEXTSTEPS 1. Productising the solution a. Weatherproofingall equipment for field deployment b. Optimising balloon size for different payloads to meet different needs c. Integrating with RRV support 2. Drone Development a. Weatherproofingdrones b. Improved control algorithms to cope with significant wind speeds 3. Weight reduction a. R&D work required for payload reduction for drone operations b. Investigate emerging lighter battery technologies 4. Market ready a. EE is ready to engage with Ofcom, CAA and NATS to progress towards enabling a commercially viable solution
  17. 17. INTERACTIONWITHTIP 1. SIP Provides ideal piloting / field trial locations forAccess Workgroup: a. Open-Cellular b. System Integration and Site Optimisation c. Others TBD 2. SIP Projects could be brought into TIP existing / new Project Groups a. Lighthouse project for airborne or maritime coverage b. Airmasts for disaster recovery 3. EE and SIP continue to collaborate closely with TIP a. Governance structure similar (smaller scale) b. Project-basedstructure modelled on TIP
  18. 18. Thank You

×