Murray State University

Poster Title

Disaster Area LoRa Mesh Communcations

Presenter Information

Joel BulkleyFollow

Grade Level at Time of Presentation

Sophomore

Major

Business Administration

Institution 22-23

Murray State University

Department

Computer Science

Abstract

In the aftermath of the December 2021 tornado disaster that swept through Western Kentucky causing 57 fatalities, 500+ critical injuries, and millions of dollars’ worth in damages, one of the first things that became apparent was the lack of communications and underlying power infrastructure. The goal of this project is to create a highly resilient LoRa mesh communications network utilizing low power, low cost, and easy to deploy radios to enable first responders in a disaster area to communicate their location and send critical information in a situation where traditional communications infrastructure has been destroyed or is otherwise unavailable. Through our testing we found that we were able to create the intended mesh network. We also were able to yield results from testing our network within various different commonly encountered environments such as neighborhoods, wooded areas, and open fields. With this we were able to prove our initial hypothesis that our solution would provide first responders with vital communications.

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Disaster Area LoRa Mesh Communcations

In the aftermath of the December 2021 tornado disaster that swept through Western Kentucky causing 57 fatalities, 500+ critical injuries, and millions of dollars’ worth in damages, one of the first things that became apparent was the lack of communications and underlying power infrastructure. The goal of this project is to create a highly resilient LoRa mesh communications network utilizing low power, low cost, and easy to deploy radios to enable first responders in a disaster area to communicate their location and send critical information in a situation where traditional communications infrastructure has been destroyed or is otherwise unavailable. Through our testing we found that we were able to create the intended mesh network. We also were able to yield results from testing our network within various different commonly encountered environments such as neighborhoods, wooded areas, and open fields. With this we were able to prove our initial hypothesis that our solution would provide first responders with vital communications.