Prototype design and experimental evaluation of autonomous collaborative communication system for emerging maritime use cases

Jiri Pokorny, Khanh Ma, Salwa Saafi, Jakub Frolka, Jose Villa, Mikhail Gerasimenko, Yevgeni Koucheryavy, Jiri Hosek

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Automated systems have been seamlessly integrated into several industries as part of their industrial automation processes. Employing automated systems, such as autonomous vehicles, allows industries to increase productivity, benefit from a wide range of technologies and capabilities, and improve workplace safety. So far, most of the existing systems consider utilizing one type of autonomous vehicle. In this work, we propose a collaboration of different types of unmanned vehicles in maritime offshore scenarios. Providing high capacity, extended coverage, and better quality of services, autonomous collaborative systems can enable emerging maritime use cases, such as remote monitoring and navigation assistance. Motivated by these potential benefits, we propose the deployment of an Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) and an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in an autonomous collaborative communication system. Specifically, we design high-speed, directional communication links between a terrestrial control station and the two unmanned vehicles. Using measurement and simulation results, we evaluate the performance of the designed links in different communication scenarios and we show the benefits of employing multiple autonomous vehicles in the proposed communication system.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3871
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2021
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Collaborative communication system
  • Directional wireless links
  • Maritime use cases
  • Prototype design
  • UAV
  • USV

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Information Systems
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biochemistry
  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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