While the mobile network providers tout near 100 percent coverage, a need exists for extending coverage of communications systems in remote areas like national parks. Any communication system extended into such areas should blend in with the natural environment, be powered remotely, and be reliable. They should be designed to either be permanent or for short-term use such as in the case of an emergency or natural disaster.
Noting the above, Navy scientists and engineers have developed an unobtrusive router and relay system (URRS) configured to communicate with RF systems such as a mobile phone carried or used by an individual or team; other URRS systems (which each include a second RF receiver and transmitter); and a fixed cell tower or control center. The system can also communicate with an unmanned airborne vehicle (UAV) or remotely operated vehicle (ROV) greatly extending their operating range. Locations are identified for a specific location or number of locations along a transit path where the RF communication’s hub lacks transmit and receive coverage with the cell system. The URRSs are configured to route and relay the first RF system’s signals to the RF communications’ hub directly or through one or more other URRSs. URRSs are designed to blend with their surroundings such as being formed to appear as a rock or a fallen tree.
- Quick deployment and extension of a communications network
- Solar and battery powered URRS utilizes a modified cell phone as a router or relay system within a structure designed to blend in with a surrounding terrain
- Can be configured to be air-dropped, self-righted, and oriented
- US patent 9,877,208 available for license
- Potential for collaboration with Navy scientists and engineers