Senior Design 2020 – Electrical and Computer Engineering Team 2028
Electrical and Computer Engineering Team 2028
Bridget Kennedy Brittany Smith Matthew Sodoski
Benchtop VDES Prototype
The goal of the project is to create a prototype of the 6-channel Very High Frequency Data
Exchange System (VDES). This will be used for signal transmission and reception for
communication in the US Coast Guard. Our current goal is to create the first two Automatic
Identification System (AIS) channels. This will be programmed using Software Defined Radio. Each channel will receive and transmit signals at a specified bandwidth. The AIS system will detect ships within a 20 nautical mile range, and receive information such as size, speed, course and weather. After completion of the AIS channels, we can implement the 2 Application Specific Message (ASM) channels, which include more detailed ship information such as sea level. The remaining 2 channels, VDE, can then be implemented by the coast guard or next year’s senior design group. This will include satellite and terrestrial ship information. The end result will be a benchtop model that can be demoed by the US coast guard.