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The paper presents several experimental and simulation activities aimed at providing a proof-of-concept for a marine emergency network in which the main components are a WiMAX system and a satellite link. WiMAX represents quite a novelty for the marine environment and its integration with the satellite link turns out to be remarkably efficient and greatly contributes in improving the utility and usability of the emergency network. These concepts are proved through a series of tests and analysis. Firstly, the authors report an experimental analysis of the coverage range of the WiMAX system in the marine environment in terms of both RSSI and throughput.
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