Aerial Connectivity Joint Activity

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

Senior Director, IoT Technology, GSMA

Barbara Pareglio

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 participate in and actively contributed to several standards.

The GSMA Internet of Things Programme help 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 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

Peter Musgrove

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.

Christopher T. Kucera

Co-Founder and Head of Strategic Partnerships, OneSky

Christopher T. Kucera

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.

 

Eric T. Ringer

Co-founder and Director of Aviation Technology, Skyward, a Verizon company

Eric T. Ringer

Eric T. Ringer is co-founder and Director of Aviation Technology at Skyward, a Verizon company.

In his role as Director of Aviation Technology he leads the product and engineering teams developing 4G LTE & 5G products for aviation.

Prior to Skyward, Eric was a systems engineer at contractors for both NASA and Sikorsky.

Barbara Pareglio

Senior Director, IoT Technology, GSMA

Barbara Pareglio

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 participate in and actively contributed to several standards.

The GSMA Internet of Things Programme help 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.

Stefano Faccin

Director, Technical Standards , Qualcomm

Stefano Faccin

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, Business Development, TEOCO

Thomas Neubauer

Thomas Neubauer is VP of Innovations at TEOCO and Co-founder of Dimetor.

He has more than fifteen years of experience in the management of wireless networks, working with tier-1 customers around the globe. Thomas also holds a position of VP Business Development and Innovations at TEOCO, a US based company providing software solutions to more than 300 communication service providers worldwide. Prior to that Thomas has successfully founded and grown a startup for cellular network optimization software, which he sold in 2012. He holds a Ph.D. in telecommunications engineering from the Vienna University of Technology.

TEOCO is a Silver Sponsor of Connected Skies, and member of the Global UTM Association.

Gerry Libunao

Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, Verizon

Gerry Libunao

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.

Boris Resnick

Deputy Technical Director, Aerospace Systems , GLONASS Union

Boris Resnick

Boris is Deputy Technical Director, Aerospace Systems at GLONASS Union, Russian Federal Network Operator in Navigation.

Boris has more than seventeen years of experience in aviation, as software development and system architect. He was involved in the development of a number of aviation systems, including GBAS stations, Aerodrome Weather Hazards and Wake Vortex monitoring systems, IoT for aviation solutions. Boris also led several industrial standardization groups at EUROCAE and RTCA. Boris holds a Master degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Moscow State 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, Deputy Technical Director, Aerospace Systems at GLONASS Union. To document the performance of cellular networks in aviation terms.

ACJA Resources

ACJA NetworkCoverage Service Definition 1.00

Document

Thursday 4 Feb 2021 | Connectivity for Aviation |

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

Document

Tuesday 3 Nov 2020 | Connectivity for Aviation |

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

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