Existing systems for reporting cellular outages do not provide adequate geographical granularity and do not provide a real-time view of the state of the communication network. This work presents a system for real-time measurement of both coverage and quality of service via crowdsourced measurements from consumer and first responder phones. Baseline coverage and quality of service data is collected prior to a major disaster. During a major disaster, real-time data is compared to baseline to identify areas of congestion or outages. Such information can be used by incident commanders to more effectively deploy resources during major disasters. Furthermore, such system state information can be used to support automatic deployment of temporary cellular network base stations, such as on drones.
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Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering Technology (CET)
C. Hochgraf, J. Nygate, M. Bazdresch, M. Indelicato, W. P. Johnson and R. E. Reyes, "Providing first responders with real-time status of cellular networks during a disaster," 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST), Woburn, MA, 2018, pp. 1-4, doi: 10.1109/THS.2018.8574145.
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