SECOMAS - Spectrum Efficient COMmunication for future Aeronautical Services
The main objective of WP4 is to look into state-of-the-art wireless networking concepts and their applicability in aeronautical systems. In particular, a multi-hop communication system approach seems interesting to pursue, since it represents an efficient way of extending the range of a communication link. In addition, it can provide diversity through several possible communication links between a transmitter and a receiver.
Numerous systems are involved in aeronautical communications today, and the number will increase in the coming years. Some are complementary as they are used for different services, operating at different frequency bands etc. Others will be in competition, such as e.g. different satellite communication systems. In both cases interoperability and cooperation are of utmost importance to optimise the capacity, ensuring sufficient QoS for each individual service. It should also be noted that the potential of satellite communication links in the context of aeronautical communications is at present far from fully utilized.
Based on this, it is natural to let WP4 contain the following tasks: