On the Performance of Non-Terrestrial Networks to Support the Internet of Things

Dengke Wang, Alessandro Traspadini, Marco Giordani, Mohamed-Slim Alouini, Michele Zorzi

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The advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) era, where billions of devices and sensors are becoming more and more connected and ubiquitous, is putting a strain on traditional terrestrial networks, that may no longer be able to fulfill service requirements efficiently. This issue is further complicated in rural and remote areas with scarce and low-quality cellular coverage. To fill this gap, the research community is focusing on non-terrestrial networks (NTNs), where Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), High Altitude Platforms (HAPs) and satellites can serve as aerial/space gateways to aggregate, process, and relay the IoT traffic. In this paper we demonstrate this paradigm, and evaluate how common Low-Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technologies, designed and developed to operate for IoT systems, work in NTNs. We then formalize an optimization problem to decide whether and how IoT traffic can be offloaded to LEO satellites to reduce the burden on terrestrial gateways.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2022 56th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers
StatePublished - Mar 7 2022


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