RESCUE’s vision is the research and development of a theoretical, technological, and practical basis for a novel communications technology that will efficiently utilize the characteristics of future wireless networks, which are expected to be dense in terms of node and link populations, and heterogeneous in terms of their built-in capabilities. A network design based on these principles is expected to be robust and flexible towards the destruction of infrastructure but also energy and spectral-efficient. RESCUE’s Links-on-the-fly technology proposed a novel concept for robust, efficient, and smart information transmission in unpredictable environments which are characterized by substantial and sudden changes of the network’s structure.

        The concept integrates the key technologies:

·  distributed joint source/channel coding in lossy wireless networks.

·  modern signal processing and coding/decoding algorithms (such as distributed Turbo coding).

·  exploitation of multi-route information transfer in wireless multi-hop networks.

·  distributed and centralized MAC/network protocols for channel access, and routing.

·  cross layer design for interference management and error control.

        RESCUE’s Links-on-the-fly technology achieves:

·  successful and robust information transfer through multi-path networks that are constructed from lossy point-to-point links (increase of coverage).

·  adaptability of information quality to the specific quality of service requirements of applications and devices for higher spectrum and energy efficiency.

·  the integration of diverse communication infrastructure such as base stations, relays, and satellites, and terminals for network robustness and fast provision of communication services (e.g. in case of disasters).

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