On Secure and Resilient Telesurgery Communications Over Unreliable Networks

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Executive Summary

Telesurgical Robot Systems (TRSs) address mission critical operations emerging in extreme fields such as battlefields, underwater, and disaster territories. The lack of wire-lined communication infrastructure in such fields makes the use of wireless technologies including satellite and ad-hoc networks inevitable. TRSs over wireless environments pose unique challenges such as preserving a certain reliability threshold, adhering some maximum tolerable delay, and providing various security measures depending on the nature of the operation and communication environment. In this paper, the authors present a novel approach that uses information coding to integrate both light-weight privacy and adaptive reliability in a single protocol called Secure and Statistically Reliable UDP (SSR-UDP).

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