Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute

University of the Philippines - Diliman

Building resilient communications infrastructure for emergencies and disasters

In the shadow of the catastrophic typhoons that annually hit the Philippines, a team of researchers from the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute of the University of the Philippines Diliman (EEEI-UPD) is developing a rapidly deployable and robust communication system for emergencies and disasters.

The project, dubbed “ROGER” (Robust and Rapidly Deployable Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) Base Stations and Backhaul for Emergency Response), develops hardware and software towards achieving reliable and faster restoration of communications capability in the event of failure of the regular communications infrastructure due to damage or congestion. “It integrates low cost GSM base stations withpoint-to-point wireless backhaul systems made up of locally developed radios, amplifiers and antenna prototypes that exploit so-called TV White Space (TVWS) frequencies,” the team explains. The TVWS radio, in particular, is implemented on a software-defined radio (SDR) based hardware and software platform being designed in EEEI-UPD. They intend to make the SDR platforms available to other users in order to spur further development in this area. The project is supported by the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCIEERD) and the University of the Philippines Diliman.

For more information, please contact the Project Leader, Dr. Joel S. Marciano, Jr., of the Wireless Communications Engineering Laboratory (WCEL) of the EEEI-UPD.