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Sensors 2017, 17(6), 1330; doi:10.3390/s17061330

Maritime Data Transfer Protocol (MDTP): A Proposal for a Data Transmission Protocol in Resource-Constrained Underwater Environments Involving Cyber-Physical Systems

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Research Center on Software Technologies and Multimedia Systems for Sustainability (Centro de Investigación en Tecnologías Software y Sistemas Multimedia Para la Sostenibilidad—CITSEM), Campus Sur UPM, Ctra. Valencia, Km 7, 28031 Madrid, Spain
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HI Iberia Ingeniería y Proyectos, Juan Hurtado de Mendoza 14, 28036 Madrid, Spain
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Received: 28 February 2017 / Revised: 2 June 2017 / Accepted: 6 June 2017 / Published: 8 June 2017
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Abstract

The utilization of autonomous maritime vehicles is becoming widespread in operations that are deemed too hazardous for humans to be directly involved in them. One of the ways to increase the productivity of the tools used during missions is the deployment of several vehicles with the same objective regarding data collection and transfer, both for the benefit of human staff and policy makers. However, the interchange of data in such an environment poses major challenges, such as a low bandwidth and the unreliability of the environment where transmissions take place. Furthermore, the relevant information that must be sent, as well as the exact size that will allow understanding it, is usually not clearly established, as standardization works are scarce in this domain. Under these conditions, establishing a way to interchange information at the data level among autonomous maritime vehicles becomes of critical importance since the needed information, along with the size of the transferred data, will have to be defined. This manuscript puts forward the Maritime Data Transfer Protocol, (MDTP) a way to interchange standardized pieces of information at the data level for maritime autonomous maritime vehicles, as well as the procedures that are required for information interchange. View Full-Text
Keywords: autonomous maritime vehicles; protocol; protocol data unit autonomous maritime vehicles; protocol; protocol data unit
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Rodríguez-Molina, J.; Martínez, B.; Bilbao, S.; Martín-Wanton, T. Maritime Data Transfer Protocol (MDTP): A Proposal for a Data Transmission Protocol in Resource-Constrained Underwater Environments Involving Cyber-Physical Systems. Sensors 2017, 17, 1330.

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