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

March 13

TSDSI Workshop on Drone Communication Services

1.      Background

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 plans to hold a workshop for exchange of ideas among various stakeholders in the ecosystem of drones.

2.       Objective

The workshop will cover topics from following areas:

  • Emerging use cases/trends of UAS in India
  • Regulatory framework in India to deploy UAS
  • UAS global standard development and status

Expected outcomes from the workshop include:

  • information sharing about regulatory aspects related to drones in India;
  • information sharing about global standards development related to drone communications;
  • sharing of industry and ecosystem trends related to drone use-cases relevant to India
  • kick-start TSDSI activities on service layer and architecture aspects related to drone communications

3.       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 draft program of Workshop in Attachment 1.

Meeting Venue logistics are as follows:

Venue                   : [Ericsson India Pvt. Ltd. DLF Cybercity, Gurgaon]
Date                     : [13 March 2019], [09:30am]
Contact                : Rohit Rawat (rohit@tsdsi.in)
Timelines             : Please indicate your availability by [06 March 2019] for ensuring hosting logistics
Registration        : https://tsdsi.in/event/tsdsi-workshop-on-drone-communication-services/

4.      Visa Facilitation

VISA Facilitation Support: Speaker and participating delegates requiring invitation letters for Visa purposes may send an email request to outreach@tsdsi.in stating Drone Workshop VISA request in the subject line.

5.      Convener

Dr. S. Samar, TCS

Attachment 1

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 (TBD)
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.
1230 – 1330 Lunch 60 mins
Session 4 1330 – 1430 Global Standard developments and technology around Drone Operations 60 mins
  Overview by relevant standardization domain experts on drone communication related development

Speakers (TBD)

Session 5 1430 – 1515 Panel Session: Drone Communication and Regulatory Needs 45 mins
  A panel consisting of regulators, standards, vendors, operators, ecosystem

Panelists (TBD)

Session 6 1515 – 1530 Wrap-up and Concluding Remarks 15 mins


March 13


Ericsson India Pvt. Ltd. DLF Cybercity, Gurgaon













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