Term of Award

Spring 2016

Degree Name

Master of Science in Applied Engineering (M.S.A.E.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
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Department of Electrical Engineering

Committee Chair

Danda Rawat

Committee Member 1

Sungkyun Lim

Committee Member 2

Fernando Rios-Gutierrez


In any emergency situation, it is paramount that communication be established between those affected by an emergency and the emergency responders. This communication is typically initiated by contacting an emergency service number such as 9-1-1 which will then notify the appropriate responders. The communication link relies heavily on the use of the public telephone network. If an emergency situation causes damage to, or otherwise interrupts, the public telephone network then those affected by the emergency are unable to call for help or warn others. A backup emergency response communication system is required to restore communication in areas where the public telephone network is inoperable. The use of unmanned aerial vehicles is proposed to act as mobile base stations and route wireless communication to the nearest working public telephone network access point. This thesis performs an analysis based on wireless attributes associated with communication in this type of network such as channel capacity, network density and propagation delay.