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Filipe Teixeira received a MSc degree in Electrical and Computers Engineering from University of Porto, Portugal, in 2010. Currently, he is a PhD Student in Doctoral Program in Telecommunications, from the same University. Since 2010 he has participated in several European and national R&D projects. His research interests include underwater wireless networks, maritime communications, and wireless mesh networks.

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Publications

2017

Enabling Broadband Internet Access Offshore using Tethered Balloons: The BLUECOM plus experience

Authors
Teixeira, FB; Oliveira, T; Lopes, M; Leocadio, C; Salazar, P; Ruela, J; Campos, R; Ricardo, M;

Publication
OCEANS 2017 - ABERDEEN

Abstract
The growth of the Blue Economy has been boosted by a set of traditional and new activities including maritime transportation, fisheries, environmental monitoring, deep sea mining, and inspection missions. These activities are urging for a cost-effective broadband communications solution capable of supporting both above and underwater missions at remote ocean areas, since many of them rely on an ever-increasing number of Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV), Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) and Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV), which need to transmit large amounts of data to shore. The BLUE-COM+ project has considered the usage of helium balloons to increase the antenna height, and overtake the earth curvature and achieve Fresnel zone clearance, combined with the use of sub-GHz frequency bands to enable long range communications. In this paper we present the results obtained in three sea trials. They show that the BLUECOM+ architecture is capable of supporting human and system activities at remote ocean areas by enabling Internet access beyond 50 km from shore, live video conference calls with the quality of experience available on land, and real-time data upload to the cloud by ASVs, AUVs and ROVs using standard access technologies with bitrates above 1 Mbit/s.

2016

Antenna Design for Underwater Radio Communications

Authors
Inacio, SI; Pereira, MR; Santos, HM; Pessoa, LM; Teixeira, FB; Lopes, MJ; Aboderin, O; Salgado, HM;

Publication
OCEANS 2016 - SHANGHAI

Abstract
In this paper we assess the influence of the conductivity of the medium on the radiation characteristics and input impedance of a loop antenna designed for underwater communications. The initial study is based on simulation of the antenna characteristics using FEKO electromagnetic (EM) software. Additionally, an equivalent circuit model of the antenna is also obtained and simulation of the input impedance on ADS software shows good agreement with the EM simulator. It is found that the radiation pattern, of the loop antenna changes significantly with the conductivity of the medium, from freshwater to seawater. The loop antennas were built with baluns and tested in freshwater, where the insertion loss between two identical antennas and the radiation pattern of one of them were also measured. The results show good agreement with the simulations.

2016

Dipole Antenna for Underwater Radio Communications

Authors
Inacio, SI; Pereira, MR; Santos, HM; Pessoa, LM; Teixeira, FB; Lopes, MJ; Aboderin, O; Salgado, HM;

Publication
2016 IEEE THIRD UNDERWATER COMMUNICATIONS AND NETWORKING CONFERENCE (UCOMMS)

Abstract
The radiation characteristics of a dipole antenna when immersed in both fresh and seawater are assessed through simulation and experimental work. Simulations show that the antenna's bandwidth and radiation pattern change with the properties of the medium where it is placed, namely the conductivity of the medium. Two dipoles antennas with current baluns were built and tested experimentally in freshwater. The tests included the measurement of the insertion loss between two identical dipole antennas and their radiation pattern. The results obtained show a good agreement between the simulation and experimental results.

2016

Tethered Balloons and TV White Spaces: A Solution for Real-time Marine Data Transfer at Remote Ocean Areas

Authors
Teixeira, FB; Oliveira, T; Lopes, M; Ruela, J; Campos, R; Ricardo, M;

Publication
2016 IEEE THIRD UNDERWATER COMMUNICATIONS AND NETWORKING CONFERENCE (UCOMMS)

Abstract
Autonomous Underwater Vehicles and Remotely Operated Vehicles are useful in industries such as offshore Oil and Gas, deep sea mining, and aquaculture, where inspection missions are frequent. While underwater communications are mainly done using acoustic links, retrieving data from these devices to shore is still an open issue, especially when we consider the high cost of satellite communications. In this paper, using ns-3 simulations, we evaluate the ability of the communications solution being developed in the BLUECOM+ project to enable real-time marine data transfer at remote ocean areas. Through the usage of tethered balloons, TV white spaces frequencies, and multi-hop communications, the BLUECOM+ solution enables cost-effective, broadband connectivity to the Internet at remote ocean areas, using standard access technologies such as GPRS/UMTS/LTE and Wi-Fi. Simulation results show an expected range exceeding 100 km from shore using only two nodes at sea, with bitrates over 1 Mbit/s.

2015

Evaluation of Underwater IEEE 802.11 Networks at VHF and UHF Frequency Bands using Software Defined Radios

Authors
Teixeira, F; Santos, J; Pessoa, L; Pereira, M; Campos, R; Ricardo, M;

Publication
Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Underwater Networks & Systems, WUWNET 2015, Arlington, VA, USA, October 22-24, 2015

Abstract
Radio Frequency (RF) communications su.er high attenuation underwater, limiting the range of standard IEEE 802.11 networks to a few centimeters underwater. The usage of custom RF solutions at lower frequencies to increase range entails high development costs, and proprietary hardware. This paper evaluates the performance of cost-e.ective, mass-market IEEE 802.11 networks underwater at di.erent frequencies in the sub-GHz bands using Software Defined Radio platforms. Optimizations to the gr-ieee802.11 implementation, together with custom designed antennas, allowed the testing of frequencies in the 70-700 MHz range, in a large-scale freshwater tank, and in real-world, seawater conditions in Tagus river estuary. Results show a frequency-dependent communications range up to 5 m in freshwater and 1.8 m in seawater, with bitrates up to 550 kbit/s and delay under 45 ms. This proves the feasibility of IEEE 802.11 networks in the sub-GHz bands for applications such as video streaming from an autonomous underwater vehicle and underwater sensors. Copyright 2015 ACM.

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2015

A MAC Layer for Underwater Radio Communications

Author
Filipe Borges Teixeira

Institution
UP-FEUP

2015

Evaluation of IEEE 802.11a/g/p Transceiver for SDR

Author
José Pedro Pereira dos Santos

Institution
UP-FEUP