An overview of post-disaster emergency communication systems in the future networks

G. C., D., Ladas, A., Sambo, Y. A. , Pervaiz, H., Politis, C. and Imran, M. A. (2019) An overview of post-disaster emergency communication systems in the future networks. IEEE Wireless Communications, 26(6), pp. 132-139. (doi: 10.1109/MWC.2019.1800467)

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The emerging 5G communication network is gaining tremendous attention from mobile network operators, regulators, and academia due to the provisions of network densification, ultra-low latency and improved spectral and energy efficiencies. However, post-disaster EMS, which nowadays predominantly depends on the wireless communication infrastructure, is significantly lagging behind in terms of innovation, standards, and investments. Since the 5G vision is the revolution of the telecommunication industry, provisions of efficiently handling EMS is expected to be distributed, autonomous, and resilient to the network vulnerabilities due to both man-made and natural disasters. In this article, the 4G LTE approaches for typical post-disaster communication and their shortcomings will be discussed. We elaborate three typical post-disaster network scenarios when the network is congested, partly functional or completely isolated. The possible solution framework, for instance, Device-to-Device communication, drone-assisted communication, mobile ad hoc networks and Internet-of-Things, for post-disaster scenarios will be discussed. Given that spectrum allocation is critical for EMS, we assess the possible schemes for radio resource allocation specific for EMS in addition to the social responsibility of users in such critical situations.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sambo, Dr Yusuf and Imran, Professor Muhammad
Authors: G. C., D., Ladas, A., Sambo, Y. A., Pervaiz, H., Politis, C., and Imran, M. A.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:IEEE Wireless Communications
ISSN (Online):1558-0687
Published Online:22 November 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 IEEE
First Published:First published in IEEE Wireless Communications 26(6):132-139
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
300725Distributed Autonomous Resilient Emergency Management System (DARE)Muhammad ImranEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/P028764/1ENG - Systems Power & Energy