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EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking

, 2014:169

First Online: 18 October 2014Received: 17 April 2014Accepted: 24 September 2014


Wireless telecommunications represent an important asset for public protection and disaster relief PPDR organizations as they improve the coordination and the distribution of information among first responders in the field. In large international disaster scenarios, many different PPDR organizations may participate to the response phase of disaster management. In this context, PPDR organizations may use different wireless communication technologies; such diversity may create interoperability barriers and degrade the coordination among first-time responders. In this paper, we present the design, the integration, and the testing of a demonstration system based on software-defined radio SDR technology and software communication architecture SCA to support PPDR operations with special focus on the provision of satellite communications. This paper describes the main components of the demonstration system, the integration activities as well as the testing scenarios, which were used to evaluate the technical feasibility. The paper also describes the main technical challenges in the implementation and integration of the demonstration system. Finally, future developments for this technology and potential deployment challenges are presented.

KeywordsSoftware-defined radio WiMAX Public safety Satellite communications Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1687-1499-2014-169 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Author: Gianmarco Baldini - Taj Sturman - Alberto Dalode - Andrea Kropp - Claudio Sacchi



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