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Drone Connectivity, Operations and Standards – TSDSI BIS Joint Online Workshop (October 4, 2021: Online)

October 4, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

TSDSI in partnership with BIS organized a workshop on Drone Connectivity, Operations and Standards on 4th October 2021, 0930-1330 IST.


Long range connectivity offered by telecom networks are a key to enabling Drone operations in real world use cases. This includes beyond Line of Sight operations, multi-drone operations, connecting to network compute and intelligence, monitoring etc. Standards are the essential enabler for unlocking the promise and potential of Drone applications and ecosystem.

TSDSI has published a technical report on Drone Communication Services Support in Cellular Networks (TSDSI TR 6007 V1.0.0). This report captures India specific flight requirements during takeoff, in-flight and post-flight operations. It also includes the requirements on the connectivity aspects between drones and 3GPP cellular network and recommendations for using Digital Sky  platform [Ref: DGCA RPAS Guidance manual], a regulatory framework from Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), India for seamless and secure operations of Drones in Indian airspace.

TSDSI members are now carrying out a study on UAV assisted Cloud RAN for 5G and beyond (SI83). 

BIS has taken the initiative of formulating standards for drones in the country. Initial drafts have been formulated with contributions from several academicians, industry stakeholders, entrepreneurs and committee members of UAV Systems Subcommittee constituted by BIS under the convenorship of Prof. S.N. Omkar. 

About the Workshop:

BIS Drone Standards Subcommittee and TSDSI organized a deep-dive online workshop on Drone Connectivity, Operations and Standards on 4th October 2021. This workshop aimed to serve as a platform for aviation and telecom industries to collaborate for drafting standards to serve the connectivity needs for Drone Services. It discussed India based use cases, requirements, deployment experiences and challenges, and areas for standardization.

The workshop included talks from experts followed by a panel discussion to discuss way forward for development of standards.

Schedule: 4 October 2021, 09:30-13:30 IST

Venue: Online

Workshop Chairs: Dr Samar Shailendra,  Vice Chair- SG Networks, TSDSI ( Intel); Mr Satish Kanugovi, Member TSDSI (Nokia)

Workshop Conveners: Prof Omkar, Convener – UAV Systems Subcommittee, BIS; Mr Vijay Madan, Convener TSDSI Application Services Layer Standards Task Force and Mentor & Advisor- Services and Solutions

Workshop Coordinators: Capt. Ravindra Beniwal, BIS; Ms Sonia Sachdeva Sharma, Events Coordinator, TSDSI Secretariat.

Workshop Brochure: TSDSI-BIS Drones Workshop Brochure

Tentative Program Schedule:

Drone Connectivity, Operations and Standards Online workshop
organized by TSDSI in partnership with BIS
04th October 2021
0930-0940 Opening Remarks R. R. Singh, Scientist-E & HoD (Transport Engineering), BIS
0940-0950 Drone Regulations Expert from DGCA* TBC
0950-1005 Drones Applications – Indian Use Cases and Requirements Applications Prem Kumar Vislawath (Marut Drones)
1005-1020 Applications Sampath Kumaran (Adani Defence and Aerospace)
1020-1035 Applications Alex Punnen, Nokia
1035-1050 Applications ChandraKumar (Optimus Electronics)
G V V Sharma (IIT Hyderabad)
1050-1100 Drones Standards for Indian use cases and requirements Standards – TSDSI Samar Shailendra (VC – SGN, TSDSI)
1100-1110 Standards – BIS S. N. Omkar (BIS)
1110-1125 Aviation Ecosystem Raejus T Job (IISc Bangalore)
1125-1140 Test Bed for Drone Operations Amrutur Bharadwaj (ARTPark-IISc)
1140-1155 Drones Connectivity and Ecosystem for Indian Scenarios Connectivity Debarati Sen (IIT Kharagpur)
1155-1210 Ecosystem Dharmendra Singh (IIT Roorkee)
1210-1225 Ecosystem Rajalakshmi (IIT Hyderabad)
1225-1235 Q & A Q & A from Audience
1235-1325 Panel Discussion Panel Discussion – Requirements, Challenges, and Way Forward for Drone Connectivity Standards in India Moderator: Satish K
Panelists: Raejus T Job,
Prem Kumar, Amrutur Bharadwaj, Sampath Kumaran, MVB Sarma (TCS), AT Kishore (BIS)
1325-1330 Closing Remarks  Satish K (Nokia)

About TSDSI:

Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI, tsdsi.in) is an autonomous, membership based SDO with representation from all segments of Digital Communications sector- operators, service providers, manufacturers, R&D, Test Labs, Academia, Govt. bodies (including DoT and MeitY), and Industry Associations. Our members carry out technical studies and develop standards for access, core, back-haul, and infrastructure systems, solutions and services that best meet India specific Telecom/ICT needs, based on research and innovation in India. We collaborate extensively with global SDOs and forums to promote reflection of India requirements and harmonization of global standards.

About BIS:

Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is the National Standards Body of India, working under the administrative control of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Govt. of India, which is inter-alia responsible for promotion of harmonious development in standardization and matters connected therewith, both within the country and at international level. In line with its mandate, BIS is engaged in the establishment, publication, review and promotion of the Indian Standards, in relation to goods, articles, processes, systems and services.


October 4, 2021
9:30 am - 1:30 pm
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