A Reliable Communication Protocol for Remote Process Control

A Reliable Communication Protocol for Remote Process Control

We will remotely observe and control advanced manufacturing processes using software defined networking and gigabit broadband with high reliability, which is not possible with the TCP/IP Internet.

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Impact statement

Typically, end users will employ applications that interact with our reliable communication protocol at a high level. In many cases we can imagine that there would be no need for the user to be specifically aware of using our protocol, not to mention having to interact with with it. A particular internet device or service would be programmed to establish a reliable connection and if it could establish a connection of sufficient quality might not even notify the user. For more demanding applications, the application or device might notify the user of the quality of the connection relative to that desired and allow the user to decide whether to accept or reject the connection. Being able to reliably control a manufacturing process that is remote to the user will empower engineers, artists, and experimenters who are not near the means of production. Manufacturing teams can each bring their specialized skills and capabilities together without regard to limitations of geography. Healthcare providers could reliably deliver remote diagnosis, advice, or even treatment, yielding better outcomes to patients who are far from an appropriate specialist or medical facility. For example, custom medicine tablets could be 3D printed in the home to the exact need and timing for the patient, with the printing (manufacturing) process monitored in sufficient detail and with high, reliable data rates to validate that the printer achieved FDA good manufacturing practice and, thus, a quality tablet. Another application would be to allow sharing of specialized manufacturing equipment more easily. For example, reliable internet communication may enable sufficiently high quality telepresense that a university laboratory could comfortably share its instruments with the wider community, bringing valuable capabilities to the off campus community and subsidizing the cost of the equipment, benefitting the laboratory.


Supported by Mozilla Ignite project