— Due to the metallic structure of decks, bulkheads and watertight (WT) doors, wireless communications are a serious challenge in the particular environment of ships. In order to deploy reliable shipboard wireless networks, wireless devices (access points, routers, sensor nodes, etc) must be located at strategic locations ensuring full radio coverage and… (More)
—The use of antenna arrays at emission and reception seems to represent a prominent solution for future wireless systems, it improves data rates and enhances the quality of service. The performance of these systems depends mainly on the propagation channel. Therefore, channel's characterization and modeling are crucial. In this document, we present a MIMO… (More)
—A 60 GHz wireless Gigabit Ethernet (G.E.) communication system capable of near gigabit data rate has been developed at IETR. The realized system covers 2 GHz available bandwidth. This paper describes the design and realization of the overall system including the baseband (BB), intermediate frequency (IF) and radiofrequency (RF) blocks. A differential… (More)
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—Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) have recently gained a great attention in several applications such as environmental monitoring and target tracking. Applying this technology to shipboard monitoring systems may be a cost-effective solution to reduce the cost of wires installation and maintenance. However, wireless communications on board ships may be… (More)
A 60 GHz wireless Gigabit Ethernet (G.E.) communication system is developed at IETR. As the 60 GHz radio link operates only in a single-room configuration, an additional Radio over Fibre (RoF) link is used to ensure the communications in all the rooms of a residential environment. The realized system covers 2 GHz bandwidth. Due to the hardware constraints,… (More)
—Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) may be a very useful technology for monitoring systems in hostile environments. Few works have treated the use of this technology in the particular metallic shipboard environment. This paper reports on the deployment of a WSN on board a ferry in realistic conditions. The network was tested during sailings and stopovers for… (More)
Current shipboard monitoring systems use extensive lengths of cables to connect sensors to control units. Replacing wired connections by wireless ones may be an efficient solution to reduce the ship weight and cost. Ships are characterized by a specific metallic environment which can severely decrease the efficiency of wireless networks due to signal… (More)