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SHERPA: An Air-Ground Wireless Network for Communicating Human and Robots to Improve the Rescuing Activities in Alpine Environments

  • Md Arafatur Rahman
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8629)

Abstract

Robot-based rescue systems are envisioned now-a-days as a promising solution for saving human lives after the avalanche accidents in alpine environments. To this aim, a European project named “Smart collaboration between Humans and ground-aErial Robots for imProving rescuing activities in Alpine environments (SHERPA)” has been launched. Robots with smart sensors and mobility feature are needed for achieving the goal of this project, therefore, the SHERPA networks need to consider two degrees of freedom: one is throughput for transmitting realtime images and videos and another is range for mobility. In this paper, we design a wireless network infrastructure with the objective to communicate human and robots during the rescue mission in alpine environments. Firstly, we study about the network components, scenario and topology according to this environment. Then we design the network infrastructure for communicating among network components by taking account of the two degrees of freedom. Finally, the performance of the network is analyzed by means of numerical simulations. The simulation results reveal the effectiveness of the proposal.

Keywords

Air-ground robotic networks Alpine scenarios WiMAX 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work is partially supported by the project “Smart collaboration between Humans and ground-aErial Robots for imProving rescuing activities in Alpine environments (SHERPA)” funded by the European Community under the 7th Framework Programme (01/02/2013 to 31/01/2017), “Mobile Continuos Connected Comprehensive Care (MC3CARE)”, “DRIVEr monitoring: technologies, methodologies, and IN-vehicle INnovative systems for a safe and ecocompatible driving (DRIVE IN2)” founded by the Italian national program Piano Operativo Nazionale Ricerca e Competitivit 2007–2013 and the project,“Sviluppo di Tecniche di Comunicazione di Sistemi Embedded Distribuiti” founded by POR Campania FSE 2007/2013.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Computer Systems and Software EngineeringUniversity Malaysia PahangGambangMalaysia
  2. 2.Laboratorio Nazionale di Comunicazioni Multimediali (CNIT)NaplesItaly

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