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Testbed for the evaluation of battlefield information management techniques applied to a low-bandwidth tactical wireless communications environment
Author(s): Allan W. Gibb; Jean-Claude St-Jacques
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Paper Abstract

Mobile communication is an important military requirement. Voice communication still occupy a pre-eminent place in Army operations. Present-generation digital data communications at the tactical level are often accomplished using radio system designed primarily with voice in mind. Data throughput tends to be very limited and highly variable. If one regards the wireless communication network as a data pipeline, there are essentially three possible ways of improving the situation: (1) increase the size of the pipeline; (2) optimize transmission through the pipeline; or (3) be as smart and efficient as possible about what is put into the pipeline. The potential of the third approach is often overlooked. This paper describes a testbed being developed to study the impact of information management techniques, applied at the level of the application database in each participating node of a simulated tactical radio network on the quality and timeliness of information distribution across nodes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3709, Digitization of the Battlespace IV, (9 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.351597
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Allan W. Gibb, Defence Research Establishment Valcartier (Canada)
Jean-Claude St-Jacques, Defence Research Establishment Valcartier (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3709:
Digitization of the Battlespace IV
Raja Suresh, Editor(s)

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