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Experiments with autonomous mobile radios for wireless tethering in tunnels.

Authors
Moore-KL; Weiss-MD; Steele-JP; Meehan-C; Hulbert-J; Larson-E; Weinstein-A
Source
J Def Model Simul Appl, Methodol, Technol 2012 Jan; 9(1):33-44
NIOSHTIC No.
20045151
Abstract
Tunnels are a challenging environment for radio communications. In this paper we consider the use of autonomous mobile radio nodes (AMRs) to provide wireless tethering between a base station and a leader in a tunnel exploration scenario. We propose a tethering algorithm for AMR motion control based on a consensus variable protocol. Using radio signal strength measurements, the AMRs autonomously space themselves so as to achieve equal radio distance between each entity in the chain from the base station to the leader. Experimental results show the feasibility of our ideas.
Keywords
Robotics; Mining-industry; Emergency-response; Tunneling; Underground-mining; Radio-waves; Equipment-design; Safety-measures; Safety-equipment; Emergency-equipment; Emergency-response; Workers; Work-environment; Environmental-exposure; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors
Contact
Kevin L Moore, Division of Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO 80403
Publication Date
20120101
Document Type
Final Grant Report
Email Address
kmoore@mines.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2012
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-009612
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1548-5129
Source Name
The Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation: Applications, Methodology, Technology
State
CO
Performing Organization
Colorado School of Mines
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