Broker architecture for collaborative UAVs cloud computing

Sara Mahmoud, Nader Mohamed

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    22 Citations (Scopus)


    Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are used, in addition to the military, in various civilian applications. Some UAV applications may involve multiple UAVs working and collaborating together to achieve a common goal. Developing such applications is time and effort consuming due to the heterogeneity of UAVs and the complexity of the operations involved. These UAVs are usually monitored and controlled using peer-to-peer radio frequency communications. This requires either direct links between the UAVs and the ground station, or through multiple hops between them. This approach suffers from many limitations and it forces the user(s) to be at the mission location. In addition, it restricts the mission's area within the range of UAV communication. Overcome this issue, we propose a platform architecture that integrates the UAVs with the cloud computing paradigm, so that UAVs become as servers and part of the cloud. We modeled the UAVs in a Resources-Oriented Architecture (ROA); they provide their resources and services through the uniform interface RESTful HTTP. For distributed UAVs, we propose a broker architecture to separate the requester side from the provider side. The main purpose of this broker is to assign the requested tasks to the suitable available UAVs. The separation of responsibilities facilitates easier development of UAV applications on top of the platform.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2015 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems, CTS 2015
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)9781467376464
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 19 2015
    Event16th International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems, CTS 2015 - Atlanta, United States
    Duration: Jun 1 2015Jun 5 2015


    Other16th International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems, CTS 2015
    Country/TerritoryUnited States


    • broker
    • cloud computing
    • RESTful
    • ROA
    • UAVs

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Computer Networks and Communications
    • Hardware and Architecture
    • Computer Science Applications


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