Skip to main content

Research Repository

Advanced Search

Security, privacy and safety evaluation of dynamic and static fleets of drones

Akram, Raja Naeem; Markantonakis, Konstantinos; Mayes, Keith; Habachi, Oussama; Sauveron, Damien; Steyven, Andreas; Chaumette, Serge


Raja Naeem Akram

Konstantinos Markantonakis

Keith Mayes

Oussama Habachi

Damien Sauveron

Serge Chaumette


Interconnected everyday objects, either via public or private networks, are gradually becoming reality in modern life -- often referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT) or Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). One stand-out example are those systems based on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Fleets of such vehicles (drones) are prophesied to assume multiple roles from mundane to high-sensitive applications, such as prompt pizza or shopping deliveries to the home, or to deployment on battlefields for battlefield and combat missions. Drones, which we refer to as UAVs in this paper, can operate either individually (solo missions) or as part of a fleet (group missions), with and without constant connection with a base station. The base station acts as the command centre to manage the drones' activities; however, an independent, localised and effective fleet control is necessary, potentially based on swarm intelligence, for several reasons: 1) an increase in the number of drone fleets; 2) fleet size might reach tens of UAVs; 3) making time-critical decisions by such fleets in the wild; 4) potential communication congestion and latency; and 5) in some cases, working in challenging terrains that hinders or mandates limited communication with a control centre, e.g. operations spanning long period of times or military usage of fleets in enemy territory. This self-aware, mission-focused and independent fleet of drones may utilise swarm intelligence for a), air-traffic or flight control management, b) obstacle avoidance, c) self-preservation (while maintaining the mission criteria), d) autonomous collaboration with other fleets in the wild, and e) assuring the security, privacy and safety of physical (drones itself) and virtual (data, software) assets. In this paper, we investigate the challenges faced by fleet of drones and propose a potential course of action on how to overcome them.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name 2017 IEEE/AIAA 36th Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC)
Start Date Sep 17, 2017
End Date Sep 21, 2017
Acceptance Date May 1, 2017
Online Publication Date Nov 9, 2017
Publication Date Nov 9, 2017
Deposit Date Oct 11, 2017
Publicly Available Date Oct 12, 2017
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Series Title Conference Proceedings
Series ISSN 2155-7209
Book Title 2017 IEEE/AIAA 36th Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC),
Chapter Number NA
ISBN 9781538603659
Keywords Drones, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Artificial Intelligence, Swarm Intelligence, Fleet of Drones, Swarm of Drones, Security, Privacy, Safety, Autonomous Drones, Self-aware Drones, Independent Drones
Public URL
Contract Date Oct 11, 2017


Security, Privacy and Safety Evaluation of Dynamic and Static Fleets of Drones (1.8 Mb)

Copyright Statement
“© © 2017 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works.”

You might also like

Downloadable Citations