The technologies and principles needed for the powering of remote nodes in an interoperability network
Coudray, Aaron D.
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This thesis investigates the various power system solutions and options available for affording remote network nodes autonomy. The approach taken is to first identify the particulars of a network that affect the power needs and requirements of remote network nodes. Secondly, this thesis examines candidates, and combinations of those candidates, for fulfilling the power needs of the remote nodes. Additionally, monitoring and management of power sources are studied. The purpose and focus of the work contained in this research is to provide insight to how best incorporate remote node power systems into the design of an interoperability communications network. Communications and the ability to exchange data are heavily depended upon today. This fact can be considered just as true or even more so in the event of a disaster. In times of need, where rural regions do not possess the infrastructure to support this need, the dependency is significant. A solution to this need is being filled by developing communication and interoperability networks. In both the situation of rural application and regions suffering from disaster, the use of network equipment is often limited by the means available to electrically power the equipment. This issue can be further complicated in situations requiring such equipment to be positioned in locations absent from network operators. Remote network node power system solutions require methods and technologies to allow these nodes some independence in terms of its power requirements.
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