Deploying a network in a disaster area isn’t the easiest thing to do, but the SMAVNET project might go a long way to making the job a lot easier. The system utilizes swarms of micro air vehicles (MAVs) that rely on intelligent algorithms that are derived from the behavior of army ants. These MAVs will carry an off-the-shelf USB wireless dongle and follow simple rules to optimize their positions and scout new territory, easily establishing a robust aerial data network. Check out a video of this system in action after the jump.
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