A communication channel or channel refers either to a physical transmission medium such as a wire, or to a logical connection over a multiplexed medium such as a radio channel in telecommunications and computer networking. A channel is used to convey an information signal, for example a digital bit stream, from one or several senders to one or several receivers. A channel has a certain capacity for transmitting information measured by its bandwidth in Hz or its data rate in bits per second. Communicating data from one location to another requires some form of medium; these pathways, called communication channels, use two types of media: broadcast. Cable or wire line media use physical wires of cables to transmit data and information. Twisted-pair wire and coaxial cables are made of copper, fiber-optic cable is made of glass. In information theory, a channel refers to a theoretical channel model with certain error characteristics. In this more general view, a storage device is a kind of channel, which can be sent to and received from.
Examples of communications channels include: A connection between initiating and terminating nodes of a circuit. A single path provided by a transmission medium via either physical separation, such as by multipair cable or electrical separation, such as by frequency-division or time-division multiplexing. A path for conveying electrical or electromagnetic signals distinguished from other parallel paths. A storage which can communicate a message over time as well as space The portion of a storage medium, such as a track or band, accessible to a given reading or writing station or head. A buffer from which messages can be'put' and'got'. See Actor model and process calculi for discussion on the use of channels. In a communications system, the physical or logical link that connects a data source to a data sink. A specific radio frequency, pair or band of frequencies named with a letter, number, or codeword, allocated by international agreement. Examples: Marine VHF radio uses some 88 channels in the VHF band for two-way FM voice communication.
Channel 16, for example, is 156.800 MHz. In the US, seven additional channels, WX1 - WX7, are allocated for weather broadcasts. Television channels such as North American TV Channel 2 = 55.25 MHz, Channel 13 = 211.25 MHz. Each channel is 6 MHz wide; this was based on the bandwidth required by older analog television signals. Since 2006 television broadcasting has switched to digital modulation which uses image compression to transmit a television signal in a much smaller bandwidth, so each of these "physical channels" has been divided into multiple "virtual channels" each carrying a DTV channel. Wi-Fi uses 13 channels from 2412 MHz to 2484 MHz in 5 MHz steps, in the ISM bands; the radio channel between an amateur radio repeater and a ham uses two frequencies 600 kHz apart. For example, a repeater that transmits on 146.94 MHz listens for a ham transmitting on 146.34 MHz. All of these communications channels share the property; the information is carried through the channel by a signal. A channel can be modelled physically by trying to calculate the physical processes which modify the transmitted signal.
For example, in wireless communications the channel can be modelled by calculating the reflection off every object in the environment. A sequence of random numbers might be added in to simulate external interference and/or electronic noise in the receiver. Statistically a communication channel is modelled as a triple consisting of an input alphabet, an output alphabet, for each pair of input and output elements a transition probability p. Semantically, the transition probability is the probability that the symbol o is received given that i was transmitted over the channel. Statistical and physical modelling can be combined. For example, in wireless communications the channel is modelled by a random attenuation of the transmitted signal, followed by additive noise; the attenuation term is a simplification of the underlying physical processes and captures the change in signal power over the course of the transmission. The noise in the model electronic noise in the receiver. If the attenuation term is complex it describes the relative time a signal takes to get through the channel.
The statistics of the random attenuation are decided by previous measurements or physical simulations. Channel models may be continuous channel models in that there is no limit to how their values may be defined. Communication channels are studied in a discrete-alphabet setting; this corresponds to abstracting a real world communication system in which the analog → digital and digital → analog blocks are out of the control of the designer. The mathematical model consists of a transition probability that specifies an output distribution for each possible sequence of channel inputs. In information theory, it is common to start with memoryless channels in which the output probability distribution only depends on the current channel input. A channel model may either be analog. In a digital channel model, the transmitted message is modelled as a digital signal at a certain protocol layer. Underlying protocol layers, such as the physical layer transmission technique, is replaced by a simplified model.
The model may reflect channel performance measures such as bit rate, bit errors, latency/delay, delay jitter, etc. Examples of digital channel models are: Binary symmetric channel, a discrete memoryless channel with a
A-weighting is the most used of a family of curves defined in the International standard IEC 61672:2003 and various national standards relating to the measurement of sound pressure level. A-weighting is applied to instrument-measured sound levels in an effort to account for the relative loudness perceived by the human ear, as the ear is less sensitive to low audio frequencies, it is employed by arithmetically adding a table of values, listed by octave or third-octave bands, to the measured sound pressure levels in dB. The resulting octave band measurements are added to provide a single A-weighted value describing the sound. Other weighting sets of values – B, C, D and now Z – are discussed below; the curves were defined for use at different average sound levels, but A-weighting, though intended only for the measurement of low-level sounds, is now used for the measurement of environmental noise and industrial noise, as well as when assessing potential hearing damage and other noise health effects at all sound levels.
It is used when measuring low-level noise in audio equipment in the United States. In Britain and many other parts of the world and audio engineers more use the ITU-R 468 noise weighting, developed in the 1960s based on research by the BBC and other organizations; this research showed that our ears respond differently to random noise, the equal-loudness curves on which the A, B and C weightings were based are only valid for pure single tones. A-weighting began with work by Fletcher and Munson which resulted in their publication, in 1933, of a set of equal-loudness contours. Three years these curves were used in the first American standard for sound level meters; this ANSI standard revised as ANSI S1.4-1981, incorporated B-weighting as well as the A-weighting curve, recognising the unsuitability of the latter for anything other than low-level measurements. But B-weighting has since fallen into disuse. Work, first by Zwicker and by Schomer, attempted to overcome the difficulty posed by different levels, work by the BBC resulted in the CCIR-468 weighting maintained as ITU-R 468 noise weighting, which gives more representative readings on noise as opposed to pure tones.
A-weighting is valid to represent the sensitivity of the human ear as a function of the frequency of pure tones, but only for quiet levels of sound. In effect, the A-weighting is based on the 40-phon Fletcher–Munson curves which represented an early determination of the equal-loudness contour for human hearing. However, because decades of field experience have shown a good correlation between the A scale and occupational deafness in the frequency range of human speech, this scale is employed in many jurisdictions to evaluate the risks of occupational deafness and other auditory problems related to signals or speech intelligibility in noisy environnements; because of perceived discrepancies between early and more recent determinations, the International Organization for Standardization revised its standard curves as defined in ISO 226, in response to the recommendations of a study coordinated by the Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University, Japan. The study produced new curves by combining the results of several studies, by researchers in Japan, Denmark, UK, USA.
This has resulted in the recent acceptance of a new set of curves standardized as ISO 226:2003. The report comments on the large differences, the fact that the original Fletcher–Munson contours are in better agreement with recent results than the Robinson-Dadson, which appear to differ by as much as 10–15 dB in the low-frequency region, for reasons that are not explained. Fortuitously, the 40-phon Fletcher–Munson curve is close to the modern ISO 226:2003 standard, it will be noted that A-weighting would be a better match to the loudness curve if it fell much more steeply above 10 kHz, it is that this compromise came about because steep filters were difficult to construct in the early days of electronics. Nowadays, no such limitation need exist. If A-weighting is used without further band-limiting it is possible to obtain different readings on different instruments when ultrasonic, or near ultrasonic noise is present. Accurate measurements therefore require a 20 kHz low-pass filter to be combined with the A-weighting curve in modern instruments.
This is defined in IEC 61012 as AU weighting and while desirable, is fitted to commercial sound level meters. A-frequency-weighting is mandated by the international standard IEC 61672 to be fitted to all sound level meters; the old B- and D-frequency-weightings have fallen into disuse, but many sound level meters provide for C frequency-weighting and its fitting is mandated — at least for testing purposes — to precision sound level meters. D-frequency-weighting was designed for use when measuring high level aircraft noise in accordance with the IEC 537 measurement standard; the large peak in the D-weighting curve is not a feature of the equal-loudness contours, but reflects the fact that humans hear random noise differently from pure tones, an effect, pronounced around 6 kHz. This is because individual neurons from different regions of the cochlea in the inner ear respond to narrow ba
The decibel is a unit of measurement used to express the ratio of one value of a power or field quantity to another on a logarithmic scale, the logarithmic quantity being called the power level or field level, respectively. It can be used to express a change in an absolute value. In the latter case, it expresses the ratio of a value to a fixed reference value. For example, if the reference value is 1 volt the suffix is "V", if the reference value is one milliwatt the suffix is "m". Two different scales are used when expressing a ratio in decibels, depending on the nature of the quantities: power and field; when expressing a power ratio, the number of decibels is ten times its logarithm to base 10. That is, a change in power by a factor of 10 corresponds to a 10 dB change in level; when expressing field quantities, a change in amplitude by a factor of 10 corresponds to a 20 dB change in level. The decibel scales differ by a factor of two so that the related power and field levels change by the same number of decibels in, for example, resistive loads.
The definition of the decibel is based on the measurement of power in telephony of the early 20th century in the Bell System in the United States. One decibel is one tenth of one bel, named in honor of Alexander Graham Bell. Today, the decibel is used for a wide variety of measurements in science and engineering, most prominently in acoustics and control theory. In electronics, the gains of amplifiers, attenuation of signals, signal-to-noise ratios are expressed in decibels. In the International System of Quantities, the decibel is defined as a unit of measurement for quantities of type level or level difference, which are defined as the logarithm of the ratio of power- or field-type quantities; the decibel originates from methods used to quantify signal loss in telegraph and telephone circuits. The unit for loss was Miles of Standard Cable. 1 MSC corresponded to the loss of power over a 1 mile length of standard telephone cable at a frequency of 5000 radians per second, matched the smallest attenuation detectable to the average listener.
The standard telephone cable implied was "a cable having uniformly distributed resistance of 88 Ohms per loop-mile and uniformly distributed shunt capacitance of 0.054 microfarads per mile". In 1924, Bell Telephone Laboratories received favorable response to a new unit definition among members of the International Advisory Committee on Long Distance Telephony in Europe and replaced the MSC with the Transmission Unit. 1 TU was defined such that the number of TUs was ten times the base-10 logarithm of the ratio of measured power to a reference power. The definition was conveniently chosen such that 1 TU approximated 1 MSC. In 1928, the Bell system renamed the TU into the decibel, being one tenth of a newly defined unit for the base-10 logarithm of the power ratio, it was named the bel, in honor of the telecommunications pioneer Alexander Graham Bell. The bel is used, as the decibel was the proposed working unit; the naming and early definition of the decibel is described in the NBS Standard's Yearbook of 1931: Since the earliest days of the telephone, the need for a unit in which to measure the transmission efficiency of telephone facilities has been recognized.
The introduction of cable in 1896 afforded a stable basis for a convenient unit and the "mile of standard" cable came into general use shortly thereafter. This unit was employed up to 1923 when a new unit was adopted as being more suitable for modern telephone work; the new transmission unit is used among the foreign telephone organizations and it was termed the "decibel" at the suggestion of the International Advisory Committee on Long Distance Telephony. The decibel may be defined by the statement that two amounts of power differ by 1 decibel when they are in the ratio of 100.1 and any two amounts of power differ by N decibels when they are in the ratio of 10N. The number of transmission units expressing the ratio of any two powers is therefore ten times the common logarithm of that ratio; this method of designating the gain or loss of power in telephone circuits permits direct addition or subtraction of the units expressing the efficiency of different parts of the circuit... In 1954, J. W. Horton argued that the use of the decibel as a unit for quantities other than transmission loss led to confusion, suggested the name'logit' for "standard magnitudes which combine by addition".
In April 2003, the International Committee for Weights and Measures considered a recommendation for the inclusion of the decibel in the International System of Units, but decided against the proposal. However, the decibel is recognized by other international bodies such as the International Electrotechnical Commission and International Organization for Standardization; the IEC permits the use of the decibel with field quantities as well as power and this recommendation is followed by many national standards bodies, such as NIST, which justifies the use of the decibel for voltage ratios. The term field quantity is deprecated by ISO 80000-1. In spite of their widespread use, suffixes are not recognized by the IEC or ISO. ISO 80000-3 describes definitions for units of space and time; the decibel for use in acoustics is defined in ISO 80000-8. The major difference from the article below is that for acoustics the decibel has no
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The General Services Administration, an independent agency of the United States government, was established in 1949 to help manage and support the basic functioning of federal agencies. GSA supplies products and communications for U. S. government offices, provides transportation and office space to federal employees, develops government-wide cost-minimizing policies and other management tasks. GSA employs about 12,000 federal workers and has an annual operating budget of $20.9 billion. GSA oversees $66 billion of procurement annually, it contributes to the management of about $500 billion in U. S. federal property, divided chiefly among 8,700 owned and leased buildings and a 215,000 vehicle motor pool. Among the real estate assets managed by GSA are the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D. C. – the largest U. S. federal building after the Pentagon – and the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center. GSA's business lines include the Federal Acquisition Service and the Public Buildings Service, as well as several Staff Offices including the Office of Government-wide Policy, the Office of Small Business Utilization, the Office of Mission Assurance.
As part of FAS, GSA's Technology Transformation Services helps federal agencies improve delivery of information and services to the public. Key initiatives include FedRAMP, Cloud.gov, the USAGov platform, Data.gov, Performance.gov, Challenge.gov. GSA is a member of the Procurement G6, an informal group leading the use of framework agreements and e-procurement instruments in public procurement. In 1947 President Harry Truman asked former President Herbert Hoover to lead what became known as the Hoover Commission to make recommendations to reorganize the operations of the federal government. One of the recommendations of the commission was the establishment of an "Office of the General Services." This proposed office would combine the responsibilities of the following organizations: U. S. Treasury Department's Bureau of Federal Supply U. S. Treasury Department's Office of Contract Settlement National Archives Establishment All functions of the Federal Works Agency, including the Public Buildings Administration and the Public Roads Administration War Assets AdministrationGSA became an independent agency on July 1, 1949, after the passage of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act.
General Jess Larson, Administrator of the War Assets Administration, was named GSA's first Administrator. The first job awaiting Administrator Larson and the newly formed GSA was a complete renovation of the White House; the structure had fallen into such a state of disrepair by 1949 that one inspector of the time said the historic structure was standing "purely from habit." Larson explained the nature of the total renovation in depth by saying, "In order to make the White House structurally sound, it was necessary to dismantle, I mean dismantle, everything from the White House except the four walls, which were constructed of stone. Everything, except the four walls without a roof, was stripped down, that's where the work started." GSA worked with President Truman and First Lady Bess Truman to ensure that the new agency's first major project would be a success. GSA completed the renovation in 1952. In 1986 GSA headquarters, U. S. General Services Administration Building, located at Eighteenth and F Streets, NW, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, at the time serving as Interior Department offices.
In 1960 GSA created the Federal Telecommunications System, a government-wide intercity telephone system. In 1962 the Ad Hoc Committee on Federal Office Space created a new building program to address obsolete office buildings in Washington, D. C. resulting in the construction of many of the offices that now line Independence Avenue. In 1970 the Nixon administration created the Consumer Product Information Coordinating Center, now part of USAGov. In 1974 the Federal Buildings Fund was initiated, allowing GSA to issue rent bills to federal agencies. In 1972 GSA established the Automated Data and Telecommunications Service, which became the Office of Information Resources Management. In 1973 GSA created the Office of Federal Management Policy. GSA's Office of Acquisition Policy centralized procurement policy in 1978. GSA was responsible for emergency preparedness and stockpiling strategic materials to be used in wartime until these functions were transferred to the newly-created Federal Emergency Management Agency in 1979.
In 1984 GSA introduced the federal government to the use of charge cards, known as the GMA SmartPay system. The National Archives and Records Administration was spun off into an independent agency in 1985; the same year, GSA began to provide governmentwide policy oversight and guidance for federal real property management as a result of an Executive Order signed by President Ronald Reagan. In 2003 the Federal Protective Service was moved to the Department of Homeland Security. In 2005 GSA reorganized to merge the Federal Supply Service and Federal Technology Service business lines into the Federal Acquisition Service. On April 3, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Martha N. Johnson to serve as GSA Administrator. After a nine-month delay, the United States Senate confirmed her nomination on February 4, 2010. On April 2, 2012, Johnson resigned in the wake of a management-deficiency report that detailed improper payments for a 2010 "Western Regions" training conference put on by the Public Buildings Service in Las Vegas.
In July 1991 GSA contractors began the excavation of what is now the Ted Weiss Federal Building in New York City. The planning for that buildin
In electronics, noise is an unwanted disturbance in an electrical signal. Noise generated by electronic devices varies as it is produced by several different effects. In communication systems, noise is an error or undesired random disturbance of a useful information signal; the noise is a summation of unwanted or disturbing energy from natural and sometimes man-made sources. Noise is, however distinguished from interference, for example in the signal-to-noise ratio, signal-to-interference ratio and signal-to-noise plus interference ratio measures. Noise is typically distinguished from distortion, an unwanted systematic alteration of the signal waveform by the communication equipment, for example in signal-to-noise and distortion ratio and total harmonic distortion plus noise measures. While noise is unwanted, it can serve a useful purpose in some applications, such as random number generation or dither. Different types of noise are generated by different processes. Thermal noise is unavoidable at non-zero temperature, while other types depend on device type or manufacturing quality and semiconductor defects, such as conductance fluctuations, including 1/f noise.
Johnson–Nyquist noise is unavoidable, generated by the random thermal motion of charge carriers, inside an electrical conductor, which happens regardless of any applied voltage. Thermal noise is white, meaning that its power spectral density is nearly equal throughout the frequency spectrum; the amplitude of the signal has nearly a Gaussian probability density function. A communication system affected by thermal noise is modeled as an additive white Gaussian noise channel. Shot noise in electronic devices results from unavoidable random statistical fluctuations of the electric current when the charge carriers traverse a gap. If electrons flow across a barrier they have discrete arrival times; those discrete arrivals exhibit shot noise. The barrier in a diode is used. Shot noise is similar to the noise created by rain falling on a tin roof; the flow of rain may be constant, but the individual raindrops arrive discretely. The root-mean-square value of the shot noise current in is given by the Schottky formula.
I n = 2 I q Δ B where I is the DC current, q is the charge of an electron, ΔB is the bandwidth in hertz. The Schottky formula assumes independent arrivals. Vacuum tubes exhibit shot noise because the electrons randomly leave the cathode and arrive at the anode. A tube may not exhibit the full shot noise effect: the presence of a space charge tends to smooth out the arrival times. Conductors and resistors do not exhibit shot noise because the electrons thermalize and move diffusively within the material. Shot noise has been demonstrated in mesoscopic resistors when the size of the resistive element becomes shorter than the electron–phonon scattering length. Flicker noise known as 1/f noise, is a signal or process with a frequency spectrum that falls off into the higher frequencies, with a pink spectrum, it occurs in all electronic devices and results from a variety of effects. Burst noise consists of sudden step-like transitions between two or more discrete voltage or current levels, as high as several hundred microvolts, at random and unpredictable times.
Each shift in offset voltage or current lasts for several milliseconds to seconds. It is known a popcorn noise for the popping or crackling sounds it produces in audio circuits. If the time taken by the electrons to travel from emitter to collector in a transistor becomes comparable to the period of the signal being amplified, that is, at frequencies above VHF and beyond, the transit-time effect takes place and noise input impedance of the transistor decreases. From the frequency at which this effect becomes significant, it increases with frequency and dominates other sources of noise. While noise may be generated in the electronic circuit itself, additional noise energy can be coupled into a circuit from the external environment, by inductive coupling or capacitive coupling, or through the antenna of a radio receiver. Intermodulation noise Caused. Crosstalk Phenomenon in which a signal transmitted in one circuit or channel of a transmission systems creates undesired interference onto a signal in another channel.
Interference Modification or disruption of a signal travelling along a mediumAtmospheric noise This noise is called static noise and it is the natural source of disturbance caused by lightning discharge in thunderstorm and the natural disturbances occurring in nature. Industrial noise Sources such as automobiles, ignition electric motors and switching gear, High voltage wires and fluorescent lamps cause industrial noise; these noises are produced by the discharge present in all these operations. Solar noise Noise that originates from the Sun is called solar noise. Under normal conditions there is constant radiation from the Sun due to its high temperature. Electrical disturbances such as corona discharges, as well as sunspots can produce additional noise; the intensity of solar noise varies over time in a solar cycle. Cosmic noise Distant stars generate. While these stars are too far away to individually affect
Telecommunication is the transmission of signs, messages, writings and sounds or information of any nature by wire, optical or other electromagnetic systems. Telecommunication occurs when the exchange of information between communication participants includes the use of technology, it is transmitted either electrically over physical media, such as cables, or via electromagnetic radiation. Such transmission paths are divided into communication channels which afford the advantages of multiplexing. Since the Latin term communicatio is considered the social process of information exchange, the term telecommunications is used in its plural form because it involves many different technologies. Early means of communicating over a distance included visual signals, such as beacons, smoke signals, semaphore telegraphs, signal flags, optical heliographs. Other examples of pre-modern long-distance communication included audio messages such as coded drumbeats, lung-blown horns, loud whistles. 20th- and 21st-century technologies for long-distance communication involve electrical and electromagnetic technologies, such as telegraph and teleprinter, radio, microwave transmission, fiber optics, communications satellites.
A revolution in wireless communication began in the first decade of the 20th century with the pioneering developments in radio communications by Guglielmo Marconi, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1909, other notable pioneering inventors and developers in the field of electrical and electronic telecommunications. These included Charles Wheatstone and Samuel Morse, Alexander Graham Bell, Edwin Armstrong and Lee de Forest, as well as Vladimir K. Zworykin, John Logie Baird and Philo Farnsworth; the word telecommunication is a compound of the Greek prefix tele, meaning distant, far off, or afar, the Latin communicare, meaning to share. Its modern use is adapted from the French, because its written use was recorded in 1904 by the French engineer and novelist Édouard Estaunié. Communication was first used as an English word in the late 14th century, it comes from Old French comunicacion, from Latin communicationem, noun of action from past participle stem of communicare "to share, divide out.
Homing pigeons have been used throughout history by different cultures. Pigeon post had Persian roots, was used by the Romans to aid their military. Frontinus said; the Greeks conveyed the names of the victors at the Olympic Games to various cities using homing pigeons. In the early 19th century, the Dutch government used the system in Sumatra, and in 1849, Paul Julius Reuter started a pigeon service to fly stock prices between Aachen and Brussels, a service that operated for a year until the gap in the telegraph link was closed. In the Middle Ages, chains of beacons were used on hilltops as a means of relaying a signal. Beacon chains suffered the drawback that they could only pass a single bit of information, so the meaning of the message such as "the enemy has been sighted" had to be agreed upon in advance. One notable instance of their use was during the Spanish Armada, when a beacon chain relayed a signal from Plymouth to London. In 1792, Claude Chappe, a French engineer, built the first fixed visual telegraphy system between Lille and Paris.
However semaphore suffered from the need for skilled operators and expensive towers at intervals of ten to thirty kilometres. As a result of competition from the electrical telegraph, the last commercial line was abandoned in 1880. On 25 July 1837 the first commercial electrical telegraph was demonstrated by English inventor Sir William Fothergill Cooke, English scientist Sir Charles Wheatstone. Both inventors viewed their device as "an improvement to the electromagnetic telegraph" not as a new device. Samuel Morse independently developed a version of the electrical telegraph that he unsuccessfully demonstrated on 2 September 1837, his code was an important advance over Wheatstone's signaling method. The first transatlantic telegraph cable was completed on 27 July 1866, allowing transatlantic telecommunication for the first time; the conventional telephone was invented independently by Alexander Bell and Elisha Gray in 1876. Antonio Meucci invented the first device that allowed the electrical transmission of voice over a line in 1849.
However Meucci's device was of little practical value because it relied upon the electrophonic effect and thus required users to place the receiver in their mouth to "hear" what was being said. The first commercial telephone services were set-up in 1878 and 1879 on both sides of the Atlantic in the cities of New Haven and London. Starting in 1894, Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi began developing a wireless communication using the newly discovered phenomenon of radio waves, showing by 1901 that they could be transmitted across the Atlantic Ocean; this was the start of wireless telegraphy by radio. Voice and music had little early success. World War I accelerated the development of radio for military communications. After the war, commercial radio AM broadcasting began in the 1920s and became an important mass medium for entertainment and news. World War II again accelerated development of radio for the wartime purposes of aircraft and land communication, radio navigation and radar. Development of stereo FM broadcasting of radio