Enabling communications in disadvantage environments: An airborne remote communication (ARC) platform

Andrew Weinert, Peter Erickson, Hilary Reis, Paul Breimyer, Timothy Hackett, Matt Samperi, Jason Huff, Carlos Parra, Erich Stoekl, Peter Zundritsch, Ryan Morris, Ivan Iakimenko, Erik Petschauer, Sven G. Bilen

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Abstract

Disaster response efforts during natural or man-made disasters are often hampered by compromised communications (e.g., lack or outage of cellular coverage). This can create a dangerous lack of communication or reliance on ad hoc networks, stifling information sharing. Existing systems that target this compromised communication gap are often difficult to rapidly deploy, proprietary and not interoperable, or designed for military use. Additionally, for many first responders (law enforcement, fire, EMS, etc.), current airborne sensor and communication assets are expensive or unavailable. In response to this capability gap, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has sponsored MIT Lincoln Laboratory and Pennsylvania State University to design and fabricate a low power, low weight, reliable communication prototype solution to provide essential information. The system design was driven by public safety data needs and operational constraints. The prototype system consists of wearable nodes that communicate via a repeater. Users can access the system using a standard 802.11 Wi-Fi access point. This paper describes the prototype system and its public safety design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2013 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security, HST 2013
Pages797-803
Number of pages7
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013
Event2013 13th IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security, HST 2013 - Waltham, MA, United States
Duration: Nov 12 2013Nov 14 2013

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Name2013 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security, HST 2013

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Other2013 13th IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security, HST 2013
CountryUnited States
CityWaltham, MA
Period11/12/1311/14/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Administration

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    Weinert, A., Erickson, P., Reis, H., Breimyer, P., Hackett, T., Samperi, M., Huff, J., Parra, C., Stoekl, E., Zundritsch, P., Morris, R., Iakimenko, I., Petschauer, E., & Bilen, S. G. (2013). Enabling communications in disadvantage environments: An airborne remote communication (ARC) platform. In 2013 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security, HST 2013 (pp. 797-803). [6699069] (2013 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security, HST 2013). https://doi.org/10.1109/THS.2013.6699069