Technical Consultation on the Use of Satellite Communications for Remote Monitoring of Field Instrumentation Systems

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CAIT project no.: Satellite-RU0781

Fiscal Year: 2010/2011

Status: Final

Rutgers-CAIT Author(s): Ali Maher, Ph.D.

External Author(s): Mohsen Garabaglu

Sponsor(s): Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT)


The increasing emphasis on maintenance of existing infrastructure systems has led to greater use of advanced sensors and condition monitoring systems. Wireless sensors and sensor networks are emerging as sensing paradigms that the structural engineering field has begun to consider as substitutes for traditional tethered monitoring systems.

The primary objective of the project is to review state-of-the-art satellite communication usage in remote sensing to identify the current methods in practice for automated remote sensing, including system availability and reliability, network performance and transmission error rate, and network protocol.