Accession Number : ADA237031
Title : AM Broadcast Emergency Relay (AMBER)
Descriptive Note : Final interim rept.
Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
Personal Author(s) : Bedrosian, Edward ; Harris, Elwyn D ; Hoffmayer, Karl J ; Lindholm, Carroll R
Report Date : Jul 1990
Pagination or Media Count : 131
Abstract : This report presents the results of an investigation of the technical feasibility of establishing a nationwide digital network using commercial AM radio broadcast stations that can support both voice and data transmission. The proposed network, called AMBER (AM broadcast emergency relay), is meant to support emergency communications for civilian and military users when other communication facilities are not available. The authors describe AMBER assets and users; consider key network issues and technical considerations; present preliminary cost estimates; describe the AMBER data link; and discuss a large- scale, nationwide computer simulation that has been developed for AMBER at RAND, including the propagation and noise models incorporated into this simulation and the methodology, host computer, and components of the AMBER simulation. The report concludes with a study of the connectivity of an illustrative network.
Descriptors : *COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS , *RADIO BROADCASTING , DIGITAL SYSTEMS , EMERGENCIES , DATA TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS , MODELS , NETWORKS , FACILITIES , COST ESTIMATES , FEASIBILITY STUDIES , NOISE , DATA LINKS , RADIO STATIONS , YELLOW(COLOR) , RELAYS , COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION , SIMULATION
Subject Categories : Radio Communications
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE