For drones searching a disaster zone or robots inspecting a building, working with the freshest data is key to locating a survivor or reporting a potential hazard. Multiple robots relaying time-sensitive information over a wireless network, though, creates a traffic jam of data.
Now, MIT engineers have developed a method to tailor any wireless network to handle a high load of time-sensitive data coming from multiple sources. Their new approach, called WiSwarm, configures a wireless network to control the flow of information from multiple sources while ensuring the network is relaying the freshest data to keep multiple vehicle-tracking drones on task.
The team’s method offers a practical way for multiple robots to co-ordinate over Wi-Fi networks without needing bulky and expensive processing hardware on-board.
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