sending data through dtmf

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elengr

Joined Feb 5, 2011
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I am planning to built a robot which can be controlled wirelessly. The robot should send data (temperature,photographs of places,etc) back to me which can be monitored on a computer. Can I use DTMF to achieve the purpose since GSM module is relatively expensive? If DTMF can be used then why GSM are more expensive.
 

kubeek

Joined Sep 20, 2005
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If DTMF can be used then why GSM are more expensive.
GSM costs more becuse:
it has the RF section already built in
it can transmit at much higher bit rates than DTMF can


With DTMF you can transmit 4bits at a time, and I think transmitting 5 symbols per second is optimistic. That gives you 20 bits per second at most. that is 2.5 bytes per second, how long do you think transmitting a phtograph will take? For example a 640*480 image from a webcam could have 15-30kB with serious compression, that is 100-200 minutes to transmit one image.
 

kubeek

Joined Sep 20, 2005
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Depends how much data you need to transfer. If you need to send 10 digits of a phone number, dtmf is enough. For higher transmit speeds you need better technology.
 
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