Accession Number : ADA632346


Title :   Scalable Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET) to Enhance Situational Awareness in Distributed Small Unit Operations


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Driesslein, Jonathan C


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a632346.pdf


Report Date : Jun 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 123


Abstract : Platforms throughout the military and other government agencies (such as FEEMA and police departments) have become more networked; the last link in each network chain, however, has always been the individuals themselves. This structure requires a network that can process large amounts of data in order to provide the individuals with succinct and actionable information. Information, such as individual positions, weapons orientation, and friendly positions, serve to greatly enhance the situational awareness and improve the likelihood of mission success. The goal of this research is to use networking to improve the infantry s situational awareness. The Robotic Operating System (ROS) is the foundation of a prototype network investigated in this thesis. It enables rapid prototyping of components and functionality through an open-source library with multi-language and multi-platform support. The network was constructed with software and hardware modules consisting of wearable sensors and various computational platforms. Future development will include linking the network to autonomous units and other assets with simplified controls. The deliverable is a mobile ad-hoc network (MANET) with hardware designed to be operational for infantry squads and software designed to deliver contextual situational awareness to all of its members. The data distribution is handled through a brokered publish and subscribe network implemented via ROS.


Descriptors :   *SITUATIONAL AWARENESS , *SQUAD LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS , *WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS , COMPUTER PROGRAMS , DATA PROCESSING , DECISION MAKING , MILITARY OPERATIONS , NETWORK ARCHITECTURE , ROBOTICS , THESES


Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Computer Systems
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Radio Communications


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE