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Good news! New EU operational rules for drones

On 24th May 2019 the European Commission adopted new rules on operations with drones. These rules will apply to both professional and leisure drone operators. They aim to replace existing national rules in EU Member States. Notably, they concern not only safety issues but also include important provisions on mitigating drone-related security risks. The rules contain provisions on operator registration, remote identification and definition of geographical zones. These are seen as means for national authorities to prevent misuse of or unlawful activities with drones. Registrations of drone operators with national authorities will be mandatory from 2020. The rules apply to all drones regardles

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Algorithm scalability As a first step in developing algorithms that are scalable in terms of a accuracy versus time complexity trade off, we compared different implementations of the hard real time embedded person detection network presented during previous meeting. We introduced two scalability knobs: one controls the resolution of the input images that are fed into the network. We indeed observe that higher image resolutions achieve higher detection accuracy scores on typical drone image datasets, but have the disadvantage of a higher computational complexity and hence a slower execution on the same hardware. And vice versa, of course. A second knob consists of the algorithmic optimisation

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Air-to-ground channel models and simulators Based on the theoretical and simulation-based analysis presented during the previous meeting, we could estimate the influence of the aerial users of cellular networks on the existing cellular and satellite TV services, respectively. In these works, we provide guidelines for drone and infrastructure deployment: i) BS deployment height, ii) BS antenna tilt, ii) required separation distance between the drone and the satellite dish. Coverage-aware Path Planning for UAVs To operate UAVs safely, wireless coverage is of utmost importance. Currently, deployed cellular networks often exhibit an inadequate performance for aerial users due to high inter-cell

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