Potter, N. D. Oregon State University, ndp@oce.orst.edu
Cowles, T. D. Oregon State University, tjc@oce.orst.edu

 
USING WIRELESS NETWORKING AS A COLLABORATIVE TOOL DURING THE THIN LAYERS EXPERIMENT IN EAST SOUND, WA
 
Wireless networking equipment was installed on three research vessels and at two shore stations during the 1998 Thin Layers Experiment in East Sound, WA. This wireless network provided high-speed data communication between scientists on separate vessels, and permitted rapid transfer of data from vessels and from moored instruments to a common file server at one of the shore stations. This server was connected, via wireless link, to a local Internet service provider, thus permitting continuous Internet access from each vessel and each shore station. <P> The wireless network used 900 MHz and 2.4 GHz spread spectrum systems and provided throughput comparable to T1 lines. Omni-directional antennas were used between vessels and shore stations, providing a line-of-sight range of 5-7 miles. Such systems provide the capability for rapid data exchange during coordinated field operations and give investigators on separate vessels the opportunity to adapt sampling protocols to conditions observed a few miles away. Our poster will present technical details of the wireless system and its performance during the field experiment.
 
Day: Wednesday, Feb. 3
Time: Poster
Location: Sweeney Center
 
Code: CS69WE0897S