Laser Communications System with Drones as Relay Medium for Healthcare Applications

Adeeb Sait*, Tawfik Al-Hadhrami*, Faisal Saeed, Shadi Basurra, Sultan Noman Qasem

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    This paper introduces a prototype laser communication system integrated with Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), aimed at enhancing data connectivity in remote healthcare applications. Traditional radio frequency systems are limited by their range and reliability, particularly in challenging environments. By leveraging UAVs as relay points, the proposed system seeks to address these limitations, offering a novel solution for real-time, high-speed data transmission. The system has been empirically tested, showcasing its ability to maintain data transmission integrity under various conditions. Results indicate a substantial improvement in connectivity, with high Data Transmission Success Rate (DTSR) scores, even amidst environmental disturbances. This study underscores the system's potential for critical applications such as emergency response, public health monitoring, and extending services to remote or underserved areas.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbere1759
    Number of pages36
    JournalPeerj Computer Science
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 7 Feb 2024


    This work was funded by the Deanship of Scientific Research at Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU) through Research Partnership Program no RP-21-07-09. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.

    FundersFunder number
    Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic UniversityRP-21-07-09
    Deanship of Scientific Research, Imam Mohammed Ibn Saud Islamic University


      • laser communication system
      • remote healthcare
      • data transmission
      • real-time communication
      • emergency response


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