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Best Wireless Technology for the Flight Line of the Future: A Multi-Criteria Decision Making and Utility Theory Analysis
Technical Report,01 Jul 2019,05 Jun 2020
AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB United States
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To stay competitive and innovate, the Air Force needs to exploit all technological advancements. One of these advancements is sharing information between devices wirelessly on the Flight Line. This research used multi-criteria decision making and utility theory to choose the best wireless network based on coverage, throughput, hardware, reliability and latency. The wireless networks considered were current state Wi-Fi, upgraded Wi-Fi, 5G mmWave, LTE, and Low Earth Orbit Satcom. The satcom alternative was the preferred for two of the three methods, while upgraded Wi-Fi infrastructure was the preferred using utility theory. This work highlights the need for investment in flight line infrastructure.
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