Spontaneous networking: an application-oriented approach to ad hoc networking

Feeney, Laura Marie and Ahlgren, Bengt and Westerlund, Assar (2001) Spontaneous networking: an application-oriented approach to ad hoc networking. IEEE Communications Magazine, 39 (6). pp. 176-181.

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An ad hoc network must operate independently of a pre-established or centralised network management infrastructure, while still providing administrative services needed to support applications. Address allocation, name resolution, service location, authentication, and access control policies represent just some of the functionality that must be supported - without pre-configuration n or centralised services. In order to solve these problems, it is necessary to leverage some aspect of the environment in which the network operates. We introduce the notion of a spontaneous network, created when a group of people come together for some collaborative activity. In this case, we can use the human interactions associated with the activity in order to establish a basic service and security infrastructure. We structure our discussion around a practical real-world scenario illustrating the use of such a network, identifying the key challenges involved and some of the techniques that can be used to address them.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Special issue on ad hoc networking.
ID Code:3048
Deposited On:15 Jul 2008
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