6th Annual International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services

Research Article

MOBIX: System for managing mobility using information exchange

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/ICST.MOBIQUITOUS2009.6795,
        author={Jhoanna Rhodette  Pedrasa and Arona Prasad  Seneviratne},
        title={MOBIX: System for managing mobility using information exchange},
        proceedings={6th Annual International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services},
        publisher={IEEE},
        proceedings_a={MOBIQUITOUS},
        year={2009},
        month={11},
        keywords={Australia, Availability, Batteries, Bluetooth, Delay estimation, Fasteners, Information management, Throughput, Urban areas, WiMAX},
        doi={10.4108/ICST.MOBIQUITOUS2009.6795}
    }
    
  • Jhoanna Rhodette Pedrasa
    Arona Prasad Seneviratne
    Year: 2009
    MOBIX: System for managing mobility using information exchange
    MOBIQUITOUS
    IEEE
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.MOBIQUITOUS2009.6795
Jhoanna Rhodette Pedrasa1,2,3,*, Arona Prasad Seneviratne2,1,*
  • 1: University of New South Wales, Kensington, Sydney, Australia.
  • 2: National ICT Australia (NICTA), Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh, Australia.
  • 3: University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines.
*Contact email: j.pedrasa@student.unsw.edu.au, a.seneviratne@nicta.com.au

Abstract

It is evident that mobile devices of the future will have multiple wireless interfaces. For small, energy-constrained devices, determining network availability by keeping all radio interfaces turned on at all times will negatively impact battery lifetime even when these interfaces are idle. Predicting future network availability from user history requires a period of training and learning user habits. This method will fail when users deviate from their routines constantly or move to locations not visited before. We propose a different approach to determining network availability of mobile nodes which leverages on the fact that nodes on the move will meet other nodes who will be able to share conditions of networks they have recently encountered. This paper presents MOBIX, a system where nodes exchange information about network conditions using short-range communication such as Bluetooth. Our simulation results show that the required number of nodes needed for 100% success is not unrealistic of densely populated metropolitan areas. Even with relatively low population densities, we can expect a data store hit more than 50% of the time. Although our evaluation used WiFi, our scheme can easily be extended for other technologies such as GSM and WiMax.