Communications

Communicating is regarded as an art form to numerous species, and is the act of conveying or transmitting information. There are a number of technical methods of achieving this. A few methods even allow for the superluminous (FTL) transfer of data but these are limited in functionality.

Conventional methods

Laser

Laser-based communication encompasses a number of techniques. A pulsed laser can be used to transmit information using a code-based sequence of flashes which can be interpreted by the listener. More elaborate forms modulate the waves of the beam itself or even use the beam as a carrier.

Radio

Radio waves travel at the speed of light and are among the oldest methods of electric signal propagation. This is the most common and simplest method. They can penetrate solid objects and substances, but are best used with direct line of sight between the receiver and transmitter.

ELINT/COMINT

Electronics and communications interception are concepts which have existed since ancient times. Most societies have dedicated electronics systems whose sole purpose is the analyzing and disseminating of intercepted data. ELINT specifically deals with non-communicative data.

The science or field of ELINT and COMINT implementation and study is 'signals intelligence'.

ELINT/COMINT examples

E/CJ transceiver

A simplistic but effective and cheap to produce form of signal interception and jamming antenna, capable of both sending and receiving information at an extremely high data rate. E/CJ transceivers are produced by at least three members of the Rigel Industrial Alliance in varying strengths.

Unconventional methods

Data drones

Data drones, or couriers, are highly secure and the information they contain is usually well protected with encryption and even measures which would wipe the data in the event of unauthorized access, making them reliable messengers. This method is expedient as it utilizes the jump gate network.

Entanglement

Functioning on the principles of quantum entanglement, this method uses specially designed computers which can communicate with one another instantaneously and is the fastest (and most expensive) method known. Even after the Enlightenment such technology has been troublesome.

Despite the instant communications these devices allow, their data transfer rate is abysmal.

Entanglement examples

Quantum 8-bit relay

Capitalized upon by the Star Kingdom of Rigel, the 8-bit relay requires computers which are exact duplicates of one another, produced at precisely the same time and very nearly within the same space. These computers are directly linked with one another regardless of separating distance.

However, those computers created at the same time are the only ones which can communicate in such a fashion, thus requiring a complex and expensive centralized network to be effectively utilized. Defects are also not uncommon or readily apparent, and may not cause issues until later.

Quantum 8-bit relays are produced by the Rigellian government's State Resources Arsenal at the Quantum Relay Complex in orbit over Rigel Prime.