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Image transmission through sensor systems: theoretical and experimental results
Author(s): David C. Hartup; Brian A. Marks; Thomas A. Fishburn
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Paper Abstract

Historically, tactical sensor systems have transmitted limited amounts of data. Alert notifications, control signals, and status can be quickly transmitted using low rate data links such as 1200 bps. Increasingly, there is a desire to transmit more data through sensor systems. Signals may consist of E/O or IR images, acoustic or seismic signals, or near real-time target location information. Such capabilities are desired for Future Combat Systems, Objective Force Warrior, and the Objective Force. This paper addresses the ability of existing sensor systems to reliably provide timely transmission of large data files. Specifically, transmission of image files through sensor systems is analyzed. A theoretical analysis gives the probability of error-free image transmission, practical transmission distances, and the transmission time required. Experimental results that validate assumptions made in the theoretical analysis are given. Experimental results show that some existing sensor systems are fully capable of providing low latency, reliable image transmission.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 May 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5796, Unattended Ground Sensor Technologies and Applications VII, (27 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.603392
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David C. Hartup, Nova Engineering (United States)
Brian A. Marks, Nova Engineering (United States)
Thomas A. Fishburn, Nova Engineering (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5796:
Unattended Ground Sensor Technologies and Applications VII
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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