SDR based through the rubble communications for collapsed mines: a proof of concept

Kumudu MUNASINGHE, Adrian GARRIDO SANCHIS, Braden Mcgrath

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The underground communications system is the lifeline of a mine. During a mine emergency, it plays a crucial role in rescue and recovery operations. However, the biggest challenge faced by conventional communications system is its own survivability. Therefore a robust, resilient communications platform plays a crucial role when the safety of the miners is concerned. Hence the motivations for this pilot project for designing a proof-of-concept for a robust, self-organising underground wireless communications system capable of through the rubble communications in the event of an incident. Under this pilot project, the feasibility of using Software Defined Radio (SDR) devices for the creation of an underground heterogeneous wireless communications system is investigated. The primary focus is the use of customised IEEE 802.15.4 implementation for through the rubble transmissions between buried devices and to examine the use of appropriate forward error correction techniques. This work utilized a field programmable gate array (FPGA) based SDR and achieved promising results through extensive laboratory testing, where data was successfully transmitted through a chamber of rubble with a custom IEEE 802.15.4 protocol
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication9th international conference on signal processing and communication systems 2015 (ICSPCS)
EditorsTadeusz A Wysocki, Beata J Wysocki
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781467381185
ISBN (Print)9781467381192
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2015
Event9th International Conference on Signal Processing and Communication Systems - Cairns, Cairns, Australia
Duration: 14 Dec 201516 Dec 2015


Conference9th International Conference on Signal Processing and Communication Systems
Abbreviated titleICSPCS 2015
OtherThe Conference will be a forum for presenting research results dealing with all aspects of protocols and processes to improve performance of communication systems and the applications to utilize full potential offered by networking infrastructure including results related to multimedia signal processing, medical/forensic applications, Bio -Communications, Nano - Networking, data security and integrity
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