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TSDSI Workshop on Drone Communication Services (13 March, 2019: Delhi NCR)

March 13, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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As the global operator community gears up to deploy the Phase1 of 5G technologies, it is important to look towards the futuristic technologies which includes next set of enablers that will drive the services and verticals. The use cases of commercial drones are growing very rapidly and include package delivery and logistics, search-and-rescue, monitoring of critical infrastructure, wildlife conservation, agriculture surveys, and surveillance. All these use cases could see rapid growth and more will emerge in coming years.

Along with the increased usage, India has also come up with regulations on various aspects of drones and their operation conditions.

During the deliberations inside Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI), it was realized that there are several service layer aspects to be studied further for improving the understanding of regional requirements and further the development of standards for drone communications.

A shared vision for further development of such technologies is necessary among the stakeholders to accelerate the delivery of services leveraged by drones across diverse verticals like logistics, agriculture, surveillance, public safety etc.

TSDSI held a workshop for exchange of ideas among various stakeholders in the ecosystem of drones.


The workshop covered topics from following areas:

  • Emerging Drone Use-Cases and Trends in India
  • Regulatory framework in India to deploy UAS
  • Global Standard developments and technology around Drone Operations
  • Drone Communication and Regulatory Needs

Program and Logistics

Participation is by INVITATION only on prior registration. Due to limited seats in the workshop, participants will be confirmed by the organizers.

Please refer to the program of the Workshop given below

Meeting Venue logistics are as follows:

Venue                  :  Exhibition Hall, First Floor, Mezzanine Floor, C-DOT Campus, Chhatarpur, New Delhi – 110030
Date                      : 13 March 2019, 09:30 am onwards
Contact                 : Rohit Rawat (rohit@tsdsi.in)
Registration        : https://tsdsi.in/event/tsdsi-workshop-on-drone-communication-services/


Dr. S. Samar, TCS



Additional Information

Agenda of the Workshop on “Drone Communication Services”

Wednesday, 13th March 2019
Agenda Time Session Title Duration
  0900 – 0930 Registration  
Session 1 0930 – 1000 Inaugural Session 30 mins
    Introduction of Study Group Services and Architecture aspects, the background for this workshop and kick-off the workshop


–        Welcome by Host

–        Welcome by TSDSI SGSS Chair

–        Opening remarks by TSDSI DG

Introduction and context setting by SGSS

Session 2 1000 – 1100 Emerging Drone Use-cases and Trends in India 60 mins
    Presentation from the drone ecosystem players on the prominent use-cases in India

Siddesh Nar & Aditya Tiwari – TCS & Tata

Manish Saxena – ISRO

Tanmay Bunkar  – BotLab Dynamics

  1100 – 1130 Break 30 mins
Session 3 1130 – 1230 Regulatory Aspects 60 mins
    Introduction to regulatory aspects concerning drone operation in India by DGCA representative. To cover aspects (not the complete list) operation zones, communication needs, manual/autonomous modes, other aspects.

G Narendra Nath – NSCS

Helka-Liina – Ericsson

R. Shakya – DoT

  1230 – 1330 Lunch 60 mins
Session 4 1330 – 1450 Global Standard developments and technology around Drone Operations 80 mins
    Overview by relevant standardization domain experts on drone communication related development

Sri Chandra – IEEE

Ramakrishnan – Nokia

Helka-Liina – Ericsson

  1450 – 1515 Tea/Coffee Break  
Session 5 1515 – 1600 Panel Session: Drone Communication and Regulatory Needs 45 mins
    A panel consisting of regulators, standards, vendors, operators, ecosystem


Mr Vikram Singh – TechEagle

Piyush Mishra (Moderator) – Tata

R. Shakya – DOT

KK Sood – ISRO

Jayant Moghe – Vodafone

Col NP Singh – Adg Perspective Planning

Session 6 1600 – 1630 Outcome of workshop summary and Wrap-up 30 mins

Registrations are closed for this event