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Simulation of a Multimodal Wireless Remote Control System for Underwater Vehicles

Campagnaro, Filippo and Guerra, Federico and Favaro, Federico and Sanjuan Calzado, Violeta and Forero, Pedro and Zorzi, Michele and Casari, Paolo (2015) Simulation of a Multimodal Wireless Remote Control System for Underwater Vehicles. In: The 10th International Conference on Underwater Networks & Systems (ACM WUWNet 2015), 22-24 October 2015, Washington DC, USA.

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While the design of reliable and enduring remotely operated vehicles for underwater operations is currently a hot research area, there are not many options to control these systems in real time using wireless telemetry. In particular, a reliable, fully wireless control method that exploits state-of-the-art underwater wireless communication technologies is still lacking. In this paper, we consider the design and engineering of one such multimodal control system comprising optical and acoustic underwater communications, and characterize its performance under different configurations of the communication protocol stack. Compared to previous work, we introduce a proactive mechanism to switch among the components of the multimodal system by means of a signaling mechanism that requires negligible overhead. Our results suggest that a multimodal wireless control system can provide satisfactory control performance by supplying different levels of interaction with the vehicle, depending on the technology in use, and by reliably and timely switching between the available communication technologies.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Papers (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Underwater acoustic communications; underwater optical communications; multimodal communications; ROV; wireless remote control; DESERT Underwater.
Depositing User: Paolo Casari
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2016 08:30
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2016 21:48

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