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A survey of COTS wireless transceiver solutions for unmanned/unattended homeland defense systems
Author(s): Timothy J. Wurth; Jeffrey S. Wells; Michael L. Trimble
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Paper Abstract

As the war on terrorism continues abroad, the need to maintain security at home remains a major concern. Every aspect of the security effort can benefit from rapid information transfer. Advances in Commercial-Off-the-Shelf (COTS) radios make them valuable in applications ranging from deployed sensors on unsecured borders, to organizing an emergency response team. Additionally, the reduced cost and availability of these transceivers make them a viable alternative to custom developments. As an example, COTS radios can serve as the communication element in Unattended Ground Sensor (UGS) and munitions systems. Other applications include networked sonobuoys and networked RFID tracking. An additional advantage of COTS solutions is that they are available in a small form factor. They have extremely small mechanical outlines and are easily installed in systems requiring miniature designs and light payloads such as man-pack emplaced radios for the Army’s Future Combat System (FCS), as well as missions carried out by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). The availability of the COTS radios result in a low-cost alternative for communication links that are applicable to military and Homeland Defense projects. They provide an easily obtainable, low-cost radio alternative enabling quick design cycles to meet mission timeliness. COTS solutions eliminate months from a typical design cycle and have many features already implemented such as ad-hoc routing and encryption. This enables robust hardware to be fielded quickly when a new need arises. The focus of this paper is to identify different COTS modules that can efficiently and cost effectively be applied to these and other various applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 August 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5440, Digital Wireless Communications VI, (10 August 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.542899
Show Author Affiliations
Timothy J. Wurth, NuWaves Ltd. (United States)
Jeffrey S. Wells, NuWaves Ltd. (United States)
Michael L. Trimble, NuWaves Ltd. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5440:
Digital Wireless Communications VI
Raghuveer M. Rao; Sohail A. Dianat; Michael D. Zoltowski, Editor(s)

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