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Raytheon delivering WiFi to the front lines
"Soldiers on the front lines can't afford dropped calls," said
Troposcatter – short for tropospheric scatter – technology uses particles that make up the Earth's atmosphere as a reflector for radio signals. Those signals are aimed just above the horizon in the direction of a receiver station. As they pass through the troposphere, some of the energy is scattered back toward the Earth, allowing the receiver station to pick up the signal. Essentially, it creates a secure communications network without the need for cellular towers or satellites.
In addition to battlefield use, troposcatter systems are ideal for crisis response. One of the key challenges first responders face is a lack of reliable communications after a natural disaster. By deploying a troposcatter system, responders can quickly establish networks even where there's no available power. The systems are easily transportable and can be set up in less than 30 minutes.
"Think about any natural disaster over the last several years; one of the biggest problems is a lack of reliable communications," said
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