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PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 29 June 2016 - IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, and the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), today announced the formation of the IEEE Aerial Network Communications Working Group. Members of the new working group, working under the sponsorship of the IEEE Communications Society Standards Development Board (COM/SDB),will initially launch project IEEE P1920.1TM to develop standards to enhance the situational awareness of aircraft and enable air-to-air communications in an ad hoc aerial network that includes manned, unmanned, civil and commercial aircraft.

"The growing utilization of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) is driving a need to ensure safety through increased situational awareness and direct air-to-air communications for all types of aircraft," said Kamesh Namuduri, chair, IEEE Aerial Network Communications Working Group. "Creating standards for Aerial Network Communications brings many benefits, such as safer and more coordinated use of UAVs in emergency or natural disaster situations, greatly enhanced tracking of commercial and civil aircraft, and overall safer operation with more advanced collision avoidance data being shared directly between all aircraft. The work ahead is of utmost importance and we look forward to the participation of our many stakeholders as we begin our work in this area."

Sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society, the IEEE Aerial Network Communications Working Group will hold its first formal meeting in September 2016 to open discussions on the IEEE P1920.1 project. To learn more, please visit the working group's home page.

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IEEE Aerial Network Communications Working Group to address benefits of self-organized aerial networks with enhanced air-to-air communications and greater situational awareness for all types of manned and unmanned aircraft systems

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