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Implementation and field demonstration of PacketBLAST system for tactical communications
Author(s): Alex Pidwerbetsky; Marc Beacken; Dennis Romain; Michael Girone
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Paper Abstract

Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) wireless communications vastly expand the capacity and connectivity of communications for forces operating in challenging environments such as urban or forested terrain. A MIMO architecture called BLAST (Bell Laboratories Layered Space-Time) has been formulated to realize these capacities. We have developed a packet version of BLAST, called PacketBLAST, specifically to support high mobility, ad-hoc, tactical communications on the move in challenging environments. PacketBLAST offers a number of benefits to tactical communications. We have implemented a first-ever, end-to-end mobile, ad-hoc network (MANET) of PacketBLAST nodes and have successfully tested it in a number of field demonstrations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6248, Wireless Sensing and Processing, 624803 (12 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.665520
Show Author Affiliations
Alex Pidwerbetsky, Bell Labs., Lucent Technologies (United States)
Marc Beacken, Bell Labs., Lucent Technologies (United States)
Dennis Romain, Bell Labs., Lucent Technologies (United States)
Michael Girone, Bell Labs., Lucent Technologies (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6248:
Wireless Sensing and Processing
Raghuveer M. Rao; Sohail A. Dianat; Michael D. Zoltowski, Editor(s)

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