Aerial Connectivity Joint Activity (ACJA)

The GSMA and GUTMA (Global Unmanned Traffic Management Association) have set up the Aerial Connectivity Joint Activity (ACJA) initiative to build communication and cooperation between the aviation and mobile industries. The main aim of the ACJA is to promote the exchange between the aviation and cellular communities, and to synchronise contributions between the existing Standard Development Organisations (SDOs) of each community, in order to avoid incompatibilities between them.

Please contact us to see how you can take part: drones@gsma.com

ACJA Steering Committee

Responsible for the overall strategy and management of all joint activity between the GSMA and GUTMA.

(Until the new Secretary General of GUTMA is appointed, the ACJA Decision Board will act on behalf of GUTMA in this role.)

Barbara Pareglio

Executive Director for Advanced Air Mobility and IoT Technical Director, GSMA

Barbara has over 20 years of experience in the mobile industry. She has been part of the GSMA Internet of Things Programme since 2014, working on several aspects of the IoT such as the development of the Mobile IoT Technologies (LTE-M, NB-IoT), GSMA IoT Security Guidelines, GSMA Drone Interest Group and looking at a variety of emerging technologies, like machine learning/AI and edge computing, for helping the mobile industry to create trusted solutions for the IoT. Before joining the GSMA Barbara worked in R&D in several areas of telecommunications, including Intelligent Networks, IMS, Service Enabling and M2M/IoT. She also participates in and actively contributed to several standards.

The GSMA Internet of Things helps operators to fully realise the opportunity in the IoT, operators must deliver secure IoT networks as well as scalable value added data services for the world’s industry and machines beyond connectivity. This is to be achieved by industry collaboration, appropriate regulation, optimising networks as well as developing key enablers to support the growth of IoT.

ACJA Technical Lead

Christopher T. Kucera

Co-Founder and Head of Strategic Partnerships, OneSky

Chris Kucera is Co-Founder and Head of Strategic Partnerships at OneSky.

Chris has more than 20 years of experience in the aerospace industry and 16 years history working with Analytical Graphics, Inc., an aerospace software company. He has had various roles at the company from systems engineer to account executive with focus on scheduling and communications systems.

In 2014, Chris co-founded OneSky as a subsidiary of Analytical Graphics, Inc. to focus on UTM solutions. Chris manages business relationships for OneSky and is responsible for customer outreach and industry engagement.

He is an ACJA Board Member and also works with various organizations, such as GUTMA, ASTM, ICAO, AUVSI, the Small UAV Coalition and more, to understand the state-of-the-art in drone technology and keep up to date on regulatory progress. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Virginia Tech. He is also a commercially rated multi-engine aircraft pilot.

 

ACJA Decision Board

Responsible for the creation and management of new work tasks, and making sure that the work delivered is in accordance with the term of reference for each work task.

Peter Musgrove

Lead Member of Technical Staff, AT&T

Mr. Peter Musgrove is a Lead Member of Technical Staff at AT&T with 33 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. He started his career with Bell Communications Research (Bellcore) in 1986 in Red Bank, NJ where he developed generic requirements and the associated standards for SS7-based services. In 1994, he joined McCaw Cellular in Kirkland, WA (which was later acquired by AT&T).

Peter has developed network standards for wireless and wireline telecom including regulatory standards supporting 911 emergency services and Next Gen 911, Real-Time Text, domestic and international lawful interception, Wireless Priority Service for Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS) users, Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), and other public safety initiatives in ATIS, TIA, and 3GPP. Peter has participated in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) industry activities in GSMA, 3GPP, ATIS, and ASTM. Peter holds a BS Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Virginia, and an MS Electrical Engineering degree from Georgia Tech.

Sebastian Babiarz

Head of Airspace Innovation - Europe, DroneUp

Sebastian Babiarz recently joined DroneUp as Head of Airspace Innovation – Europe. At DroneUp, Sebastian advises and collaborates with European regulators and standards organizations as they work to build regional regulatory frameworks to enable safe and scalable drone operations. Previously, Sebastian was the COO of DroneHub, a drone-in-the-box company that builds automated hangars for drones to enable autonomous drone operations in Industrial areas. He was Head of Strategic Business Development at AirMap, successfully creating AirMap business across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region. Prior to DroneHub and AirMap, Sebastian held various positions in mobile networks for Nokia, Ericsson, and Alcatel-Lucent. During this time, he focused on driving drone innovation within the mobile telecom industry and the role they play in a connected society and within the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. Sebastian is the co-founder, a board member, and the co-president of the Global Unmanned Traffic Management Association (GUTMA). And with more than 18 years of business experience in the drone and telecom industry, Sebastian is passionate about new technology and automation and how they can improve lives.

Thomas Eder

Senior Engineering Manager, Nokia Digital Automation

Thomas Eder is a Senior Engineering Manager, working with Nokia in Germany. He is an experienced contributor of the Mobile Networks Telecommunications community since almost 15 years with technological expertise in 3G, 4G and 5G standards. Besides his most recent work on the introduction of private wireless 5G networks, Thomas is leading the Field Application Engineering activities of Nokia’s wireless connected UAS Platform, “Nokia Drone Networks” since it has been established in 2016.

With several international references, Thomas has built a powerful set of best practices to guide the implementation of UAS Projects that rely on mobile communications infrastructure, together with his Team. As an ACJA Board Member, he brings in a strong combination of Ecosystem and Business Administration Management capabilities, combined with a strong technological background in mobile networks and UAV Technology.

In his spare time, Thomas is active as a Group Leader of a Voluntary Fire Station, interested in Formula 1 Technology as well as Running and Climbing.

Christopher T. Kucera

Co-Founder and Head of Strategic Partnerships, OneSky

Chris Kucera is Co-Founder and Head of Strategic Partnerships at OneSky.

Chris has more than 20 years of experience in the aerospace industry and 16 years history working with Analytical Graphics, Inc., an aerospace software company. He has had various roles at the company from systems engineer to account executive with focus on scheduling and communications systems.

In 2014, Chris co-founded OneSky as a subsidiary of Analytical Graphics, Inc. to focus on UTM solutions. Chris manages business relationships for OneSky and is responsible for customer outreach and industry engagement.

He is an ACJA Board Member and also works with various organizations, such as GUTMA, ASTM, ICAO, AUVSI, the Small UAV Coalition and more, to understand the state-of-the-art in drone technology and keep up to date on regulatory progress. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Virginia Tech. He is also a commercially rated multi-engine aircraft pilot.

 

Leila Z. Ribeiro

Technology Director Open Generation, The MITRE Corporation

Leila is Technology Director for the MITRE Engenuity Open Generation 5G Consortium, which was founded to advance 5G use cases and technological innovation through research and experimentation. 

Before joining the consortium, Leila was MITRE’s Chief Engineer for the for the Aviation Concepts and Research division, which included oversight of Communications, Navigation, Surveillance and Spectrum aspects related to civil aviation.  

Leila is an experienced wireless engineer with a history of solving complex technical problems both for industry and government environments. As part of her work with MITRE, Leila has led several activities focused on wireless communications, spectrum engineering, spectrum policy and spectrum management, involving multi-disciplinary concepts related to the design and optimization of wireless networks, satellite & aviation communications, uncrewed aircraft systems and autonomous systems technologies. Leila holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech.  

Barbara Pareglio

Executive Director for Advanced Air Mobility and IoT Technical Director, GSMA

Barbara has over 20 years of experience in the mobile industry. She has been part of the GSMA Internet of Things Programme since 2014, working on several aspects of the IoT such as the development of the Mobile IoT Technologies (LTE-M, NB-IoT), GSMA IoT Security Guidelines, GSMA Drone Interest Group and looking at a variety of emerging technologies, like machine learning/AI and edge computing, for helping the mobile industry to create trusted solutions for the IoT. Before joining the GSMA Barbara worked in R&D in several areas of telecommunications, including Intelligent Networks, IMS, Service Enabling and M2M/IoT. She also participates in and actively contributed to several standards.

The GSMA Internet of Things helps operators to fully realise the opportunity in the IoT, operators must deliver secure IoT networks as well as scalable value added data services for the world’s industry and machines beyond connectivity. This is to be achieved by industry collaboration, appropriate regulation, optimising networks as well as developing key enablers to support the growth of IoT.

ACJA Work Task Leads

Responsible for carrying out the necessary work to deliver the output as defined in the ToR.

Boris Resnick

Chief Technical Officer and co-founder, Flyvercity

Boris is a Chief Technical Officer and co-founder of Flyvercity, an Israeli company building cellular services for urban drones.

Boris has twenty years of experience in aviation, as a software development and systems architect. He was involved in the development of a number of aviation systems, including GBAS stations, Aerodrome Weather Hazards and Wake Vortex monitoring systems, and IoT for aviation solutions. Boris also led several industrial standardization groups at EUROCAE and RTCA. His recent focus is on new 5G-based architectures for C2 and tactical deconfliction services for urban unmanned flights. Boris holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Moscow State University.

 

Stefano Faccin

Director, Technical Standards, Qualcomm

Stefano Faccin is Director of Technical Standards with Qualcomm Incorporated.

Stefano has been contributing to system architecture work for 3G, 4G and 5G systems since the beginning of the 3GPP program.
At present, Stefano is leading the 3GPP system work to leverage cellular networks features to create needed solutions for UAS operations, including UAS command/control links, tracking and identification, payload communications, and collision avoidance. This work is aimed at enabling UAS management through a UAS traffic management system (UTM) by leveraging large area coverage of cellular networks.

Stefano has over 25 years of experience in the mobile industry, working in every type of player in the industry. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Stefano worked in R&D and standards for a mobile operator, a major network vendor, and three mobile phone and chipset manufacturers. Stefano has long term experience in standards development in ETSI GSM, 3GPP, IETF, IEEE, and Wi-Fi Alliance.

Thomas Neubauer

VP of Business Development and Innovations, TEOCO

Thomas Neubauer is VP of Business Development and Innovations at TEOCO.

He has about 20 years of experience in the management of wireless networks. Among other innovations, Thomas is a co-creator and inventor of AirborneRF, a software solution specialized for connecting cellular network operators with aviation (ATM/UTM/FIMS) systems.

On behalf of GSMA and GUTMA (Global UTM Association), Thomas is leading the “Interface for data exchange between Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and UTM ecosystem” Work Group, focusing on global standardization of interfaces between cellular and unmanned aviation systems including 4G, 5G technologies.

He holds a Ph.D. in telecommunications engineering from the Vienna University of Technology.

Gerry Libunao

Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, Verizon

Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, at Verizon since 2006.

Gerry Libunao is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Verizon Communications supporting Verizon’s Wireless Standardization participation in Industry Forums and Partnership Projects and a key part of Verizon’s Advanced Technology Strategy team. He is the primary GSMA North America contact for Verizon and a member of various GSMA Working Groups and Projects. Gerry is currently focused on the future evolution of LTE Network Architecture, and 5G for IP based services and applications across industry verticals. During his 30 years of Telecom Wireless Industry experience, Gerry was involved with a combination of Information Technology positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of Rating, Billing, Customer Care, Service Creation, and Delivery platforms. Prior to joining Verizon’s Network organization, Gerry was an IT Architect in the Verizon Wireless Data Solutions Group. Gerry has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Philippine Normal University.

ACJA Work Tasks

  • Work Task 1: Cellular Standard Coordination. Led by Stefano Faccin, Director, Technical Standards at Qualcomm. To be conducted primarily by 3GPP to ensure aviation-related considerations are taken into account in the future.
  • Work Task 2: Interface for the Data Exchange between MNOs and the UTM ecosystem. Led by Thomas Neubauer, VP, Business Development at TEOCO. To establish how mobile network operators can support UTM service providers with additional information.
  • Work Task 3: Standard Aerial Service Profile. Led by Gerry Libunao, Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Verizon. For supporting aerial services.
  • Work Task 4: The Development of Minimum Operational Performance Specifications (MOPS) and Minimum Aviation System Performance Standards (MASPS). Led by Boris Resnick, Chief Technical Officer and co-founder of Flyvercity. To document the performance of cellular networks in aviation terms.

ACJA Resources

Aerial Connectivity Joint Activity – Work Task #2: Reference Method for assessing Cellular C2 Link Performance and RF Environment Characterization for UAS

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Tuesday 11 Oct 2022 | Advanced Air Mobility |

In order to support BVLOS operation at scale, there is a need to be able to characterise the performances of the cellular link in different situations, including different geographical environment and also the nature of the drone operations (e.g. linear in

ACJA Leveraging 3GPP Cellular Network Mechanisms to Support UAS Operations

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Tuesday 15 Mar 2022 | Advanced Air Mobility |

This document focuses on analyzing how cellular networks and related services can be leveraged to support UAS operations , including how they support ASTM 3411-19 Standard Specification for Remote ID and Tracking and future versions.

ACJA NetworkCoverage Service Definition 1.00

Document

Thursday 4 Feb 2021 | Advanced Air Mobility |

This document describes NetworkCoverage Service, a general architecture comprising stakeholders, services, interfaces and data models for the automated data exchange between MNOs and the UTM ecosystem.

ACJA LTE Aerial Profile version 1.00

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Tuesday 3 Nov 2020 | Advanced Air Mobility |

This document defines a profile for LTE Aerial Service by listing a number of LTE, Evolved Packet Core, and UE features that are considered essential to launch interoperable services. The defined profile is compliant with 3GPP ...

ACJA News

GSMA IoT WebTalk Q&A: The Power of Partnership – Clear Skies Ahead for Mobile-Enabled Aviation

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The following questions were extracted from the GSMA IoT WebTalk: The Power of Partnership – Clear Skies Ahead for Mobile-Enabled Aviation, broadcast live on 24 March 2021. Contributors To get in contact, please email drones@gsma.com

GSMA and GUTMA launch new joint initiative to align mobile and aviation industries

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Cellular connectivity is key to unlocking the full potential of unmanned aerial vehicles (or ‘drones’): allowing them to operate at greater distances from the pilot, beyond the pilot’s line of sight, enabling critical functions such as search-and-rescue or traffic safety ...

GUTMA and the GSMA Announce Collaboration to Help Define the Future of Aerial Connectivity

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We’ve already featured the many ways in which the Global UTM Association (GUTMA) is working to unlock the full value of connectivity in drones  by the telecommunications industry. Those efforts are ongoing and ultimately about creating connectivity with and between ...