Yalin Liu, Hong-Ning Dai, Qubeijian Wang, Muhammad Imran, and Nadra Guizani
IEEE Network
Publication year: 2022


Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have the potential to overcome the deployment constraint of Internet of Things (IoT) in remote or rural area. Wirelessly powered communications (WPC) can address the battery limitation of IoT devices through transferring wireless power to IoT devices. The integration of UAVs and WPC, namely UAV-enabled Wireless Powering IoT (Ue-WPIoT) can greatly extend the IoT applications from cities to remote or rural areas. In this article, we present a state-of-the-art overview of Ue-WPIoT by first illustrating the working flow of Ue-WPIoT and discussing the challenges. We then introduce the enabling technologies in realizing Ue-WPIoT. Simulation results validate the effectiveness of the enabling technologies in Ue-WPIoT. We finally outline the future directions and open issues.


  • Unmanned aerial vehicles
  • Internet of Things
  • Wireless powered communications


  author={Yalin Liu and Hong-Ning Dai and Qubeijian Wang and Muhammad Imran and Nadra Guizani},
  journal={IEEE Network}, 
  title={Wireless Powering Internet of Things with UAVs: Challenges and Opportunities}, 

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