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Hermes: data transmission over unknown voice channels

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Hermes: data transmission over unknown voice channels
While the cellular revolution has made voice connectivity ubiquitous in the developing world, data services are largely absent or are prohibitively expensive. In this paper, we present Hermes 1 , a point-to-point data connectivity solution that works by modulating data onto acoustic signals that are sent over a cellular voice call. The main challenge is that most voice codecs greatly distort signals that are not voice-like; furthermore, the backhaul can be highly heterogeneous and of low quality, thereby introducing unpredictable distortions. Hermes modulates data over the extremely narrow-band (approximately 3kHz bandwidth) acoustic carrier, while being severely constrained by the requirement that the resulting sound signals are voice-like, as far as the voice codecs are concerned. Hermes uses a robust data transcoding and modulation scheme to detect and correct errors in the face of bit flips, insertions and deletions; it also adapts the modulation parameters to the observed bit err...
Aditya Dhananjay, Ashlesh Sharma, Michael Paik, Ja
Added 06 Dec 2010
Updated 06 Dec 2010
Type Conference
Year 2010
Where MOBICOM
Authors Aditya Dhananjay, Ashlesh Sharma, Michael Paik, Jay Chen, Trishank Karthik Kuppusamy, Jinyang Li, Lakshminarayanan Subramanian
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