IEEE Chicago/Rockford Consultants' Network; "Perches, Roosts, Gateways and Screeners: Ground Support Infrastructure for High Scale Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operations", VIRTUAL MEETING

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Please join us for our bi-monthly Consultants' Network meeting on Monday, July 27th at 7PM, with a talk on support infrastructure and UAVs. Due to COVID-19, this will be ONLINE only. Our meetings are free and open to anyone who is interested, not just consultants or IEEE members.

IMPORTANT: To receive webex login credentials, you will need to register for this event with a valid email. You will receive an email with the webex info on Monday around noon on the day of the event.


This webinar will feature a presentation from Chuck Byers, Associate Chief Technology Officer at the Industrial Internet Consortium. Chuck's presentation will be on one facet of the growing IoT world, the use of UAVs and the infrastructure needed to support autonomous drone fleets. Join us and your fellow consultants to get some insight in this emerging field of drone use.

IMPORTANT: You must register before July 26 to get the meeting information. Webex login/dial in information will be sent out Monday around noon.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 27 Jul 2020
  • Time: 07:00 PM to 08:45 PM
  • All times are (UTC-05:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
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  • Paletine, Illinois
  • United States

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    The IEEE Chicago/Rockford Consultants' Network fosters and promotes the interests of technology consultants in the IEEE Chicago and Rock River Valley sections as a local affinity group within the IEEE-USA Alliance of IEEE Consultants Networks.

  • Starts 10 July 2020 12:00 PM
  • Ends 25 July 2020 11:59 PM
  • All times are (UTC-05:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
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Chuck Byers Chuck Byers of Industrial Internet Consortium


Perches, Roosts, Gateways and Screeners: Ground Support Infrastructure for High Scale Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operations

One of the most interesting classes of things in the Internet of Things relates to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs - also called “drones”), and the ground support infrastructures needed to support fleet operations at high scale. The trustworthy operation of important near-future UAV use cases including package delivery, surveillance, emergency response, inspection, media production and entertainment all require sophisticated networks of ground support infrastructures to keep potentially very large fleets in operation. This ground support infrastructures includes “perches” (single UAV landing pads), “roosts” (coordinated landing pads for multiple UAV – similar to airports), gateways (communication nodes to connect UAVs to the Internet), and screeners (devices that monitor UAV operations and perform TSA-like functions). They all rely on broadband communication networks, extensive sensor integration and use IoT / edge computing techniques to
perform their mission-critical functions.

This talk begins with the description of several high-scale UAV use cases. It then discusses what ground support elements and networks are required as those use cases scale from today’s prototype demonstrations to ubiquitous operation. We will pay special attention to the ground support infrastructure properties needed to achieve fully autonomous operation in nearly all environmental conditions and mission profiles, trustworthiness (appropriate levels of security, privacy, safety, reliability and resiliency for the UAV-provided services) and communications network architecture (5G, ISM, Wi-Fi and others). We will also explore the compute and storage capabilities needed to support these operations, and how the cloud is supplemented with edge computing to enhance trustworthiness, performance and network efficiency. Finally, we will discuss deployment challenges and areas for future research.


CHARLES C. BYERS is Associate Chief Technology Officer of the Industrial Internet Consortium and an independent consultant. He works on the architecture and implementation of edge computing systems, common platforms, media processing systems, and the Internet of Things. Previously, he was a Principal Engineer and Platform Architect with Cisco, and a Bell Labs Fellow at Alcatel-Lucent. During his three decades in the telecommunications networking industry, he has made significant contributions in areas including voice switching, broadband access, converged networks, VoIP, multimedia, video, modular platforms, edge-fog computing and IoT. He has also been a leader in several standards bodies, including serving as CTO for the Industrial Internet Consortium and OpenFog Consortium, and was a founding member of PICMG's AdvancedTCA, AdvancedMC, and MicroTCA subcommittees.

Mr. Byers received his B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In his spare time, he likes travel, cooking, bicycling, and tinkering in his workshop. He holds over 105 US patents.

Chuck Byers Contact Info

Address:Wheaton, Illinois, United States


7:00pm – Webex Login

7:15pm – Announcements & Introductions

7:30pm - Presentation followed with Q&A

The IEEE Chicago / Rockford Consultants' Network would like to extend a special thanks to the MAKERSPACE AND ENTREPRENEUR CENTER at HARPER COLLEGE for their support of our past events. Though COVID-19 has disrupted their operations, you can learn more about the many exciting developments underway at this new, growing community by visiting