- Field Tests
- Images from ICE2015 Phase 3
- ICE2015 Phase 4 Images Added
- Phase 4 and ICE2015 Field Activities Complete!
- Phase 3 Successful and Phase 4 Happening!
- ICE2015 Phase 2 Successful!
- Phase 1 Checkout Tests Complete!
- Heading up North for ICE2015 prep!
- ICE2015 Site Checkout Complete!
- New video for DUNE2014!
- Lasers, LTE, and mission-critical comms, oh my!
- DUNE2014: Reporting in real time
- DUNE2014: The Voyage Home!
- Phase 4 Complete!
- Phase 3 Images now up!
- Phase 3 Complete!
- Phase 2 Success!
- Return to the School of Communication
Lasers, LTE, and mission-critical comms, oh my!
October 23, 2014
Today was a good day of field tests in our tactical deployed PSBN project! Today we integrated laser communications, properly known as Free Space Optical (FSO) comms, into our LTE network. Why lasers? Because future PSBN networking will all be about backhaul comms – the hard bit about LTE is moving all that data back to the core network and on to the rest of the world. Lasers provide one way to get a lot of data, fast (in this case 1 Gigabit per second) across an area, with no interference, and lots of security. We can effectively deploy a fibre-optic cable through the air, very quickly. We are trying to understand when FSO is a better option than fibre-optics, copper-based networking, or radio-frequency (RF)-based networking.