Affiliations: [a] Department of Electronics and Communication, National Institute of Technology Rourkela, India | [b] School of Computer Engineering, | [c] Department of Computer Science and Engineering, National Institute of Technology Rourkela, India
Corresponding author: Santos Kumar Das, Department of Electronics and Communication, National Institute of Technology Rourkela, India. E-mail: [email protected].
Abstract: Free Space Optics (FSO) is one of the technologies which supports immense data transfer requirements. Though it offers high data rate, but experiences atmospheric attenuation due to dynamic weather conditions. On the other hand, RF communication has lower data rates but are comparatively insensitive to weather conditions. This paper focuses on a hybrid FSO/RF system with the application of Machine Learning (ML) on the prediction of Link Margin (LM) and a ML based switching mechanism between FSO/RF based on the current weather conditions. LM is considered as an important quality parameters in the design and analysis of the FSO link. Mainly rain and fog meteorological data are considered for the estimation and classification of link.
Keywords: FSO, link margin, atmospheric attenuation, machine learning (ML)