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Multi-Hop Relay Based Free Space Optical Communication Link for Delivering Medical Services in Remote Areas

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Free Space Optical (FSO) communication links are although extremely vulnerable to atmospheric adversities, multi-hop relay transmission can however, significantly improve the link performance and reliability. This paper proposes 120 Gbps DP-16 QAM modulated multi-hop serial FSO link with coherent reception for delivering medical consultation services in remote and isolated locations. Considering the current situation wherein pandemic of highly infectious nature, COVID-19 has affected millions of people globally; doctors can use the proposed high-speed architecture for “contact-less” supervision of quarantined patients and suspects through video conferencing. Each relay terminal uses an all-optical amplify-and-forward technique with Erbium-doped fiber amplifier (EDFA) and gain optimization as its core elements. As a possible last-mile application for delivering medical/health care services, the proposed link has been evaluated for reliability by exposing the link to varied atmospheric conditions. Our results reveal that at target BER of 10^{-5} , the useful communication link range of proposed multi-hop link increments by 1.8 kms as compared to direct link that operates under similar channel conditions. Furthermore, compared to results from recent literature on high-speed FSO [30], the proposed link shows enhancement in link range by approximately 0.7 km. The analysis also reveals that as the number of relay nodes increases, the error performance of the link for different atmospheric conditions approaches a state of convergence.

UOW Authors


  •   Miglani, Rajan (external author)
  •   Singh Malhotra, Jagjit (external author)
  •   Majumdar, Arun K (external author)
  •   Tubbal, Faisel
  •   Raad, Raad

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • R. Miglani, J. Singh Malhotra, A. Majumdar, F. EM M. Tubbal & R. Raad, "Multi-Hop Relay Based Free Space Optical Communication Link for Delivering Medical Services in Remote Areas," IEEE Photonics Journal, vol. 12, (4) pp. 1-21, 2020.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85090794835

Number Of Pages


  • 20

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 21

Volume


  • 12

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • Free Space Optical (FSO) communication links are although extremely vulnerable to atmospheric adversities, multi-hop relay transmission can however, significantly improve the link performance and reliability. This paper proposes 120 Gbps DP-16 QAM modulated multi-hop serial FSO link with coherent reception for delivering medical consultation services in remote and isolated locations. Considering the current situation wherein pandemic of highly infectious nature, COVID-19 has affected millions of people globally; doctors can use the proposed high-speed architecture for “contact-less” supervision of quarantined patients and suspects through video conferencing. Each relay terminal uses an all-optical amplify-and-forward technique with Erbium-doped fiber amplifier (EDFA) and gain optimization as its core elements. As a possible last-mile application for delivering medical/health care services, the proposed link has been evaluated for reliability by exposing the link to varied atmospheric conditions. Our results reveal that at target BER of 10^{-5} , the useful communication link range of proposed multi-hop link increments by 1.8 kms as compared to direct link that operates under similar channel conditions. Furthermore, compared to results from recent literature on high-speed FSO [30], the proposed link shows enhancement in link range by approximately 0.7 km. The analysis also reveals that as the number of relay nodes increases, the error performance of the link for different atmospheric conditions approaches a state of convergence.

UOW Authors


  •   Miglani, Rajan (external author)
  •   Singh Malhotra, Jagjit (external author)
  •   Majumdar, Arun K (external author)
  •   Tubbal, Faisel
  •   Raad, Raad

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • R. Miglani, J. Singh Malhotra, A. Majumdar, F. EM M. Tubbal & R. Raad, "Multi-Hop Relay Based Free Space Optical Communication Link for Delivering Medical Services in Remote Areas," IEEE Photonics Journal, vol. 12, (4) pp. 1-21, 2020.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85090794835

Number Of Pages


  • 20

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 21

Volume


  • 12

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • United States