Cell On Wings (COW)
USE CASE : POP UP TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Cell On Wings (COW) for Morehead’s Fazoli Festival
USE CASE PREVIEW
In small communities like Morehead, large and high profile events can
put strain on existing infrastructure. With thousands of additional
people expected in the areas during the 4th of July event, the city’s first
responders entities needed reliable and secure communications.
Infrastructure cost: For temporary public events such as festivals
or other gatherings, building new cell towers are expensive and labour
intensive for local authorities. A tethered drone providing a “pop up”
airborne network requires less investment of funds, time and logistics.
Network congestion: Choice of frequency is key to ensure
smooth and uninterrupted communications, especially during an
emergency. Use of the Public Safety frequency alleviated pressure on
the local networks and ensured constant and clear communication
between the police department and other first responders.
Viability of a temporary aerial wireless network: By
elevating the wireless mesh node above the height of obstructions,
Rajant were able to increase the footprint of the existing available