An investigation of Commercial Off-the-Shelf Wireless in support of Complex Humanitarian Disaster Operations in the Argentine Army
Perfetti, Marcelo R.
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Since the beginning of this century, the Argentine Army has used Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) wireless products, equipment, and communication systems to support Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) operations. The participation of Military, Governmental, and Non-Governmental Organizations in these activities requires more wireless coverage area. These communication systems are an integration of several subsystems that provide an initial Hastily Formed Network (HFN), but they did not provide enough coverage area to support Command and Control centers from different organizations. This thesis explore different solutions to address the lack of coverage area of the current wireless systems, analyzing new COTS technologies that could be applied to the Argentine Military HFN Centers to satisfy the new emerging requirements of HA/DR operations. This research is focused on Wireless Subsystems, and gather data from actual HA/DR experiments and exercises organized by NPS. The experiments provide analytic data from the latest generation equipment which are being tested at the NPS HFN center. The thesis determines the benefits that the applicability of different wireless subsystem would provide to support HA/DR operations in an Argentine environment based on the information gathered during field exercises and experiments.
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