Mobile Networks and Management. Second International ICST Conference, MONAMI 2010, Santander, Spain, September 22-24, 2010, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Key Distribution Mechanisms for IEEE 802.21-Assisted Wireless Heterogeneous Networks

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-21444-8_12,
        author={F. Bernal-Hidalgo and R. Marin-Lopez and A. G\^{o}mez-Skarmeta},
        title={Key Distribution Mechanisms for IEEE 802.21-Assisted Wireless Heterogeneous Networks},
        proceedings={Mobile Networks and Management. Second International ICST Conference, MONAMI 2010, Santander, Spain, September 22-24, 2010, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={MONAMI},
        year={2012},
        month={5},
        keywords={},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-21444-8_12}
    }
    
  • F. Bernal-Hidalgo
    R. Marin-Lopez
    A. Gómez-Skarmeta
    Year: 2012
    Key Distribution Mechanisms for IEEE 802.21-Assisted Wireless Heterogeneous Networks
    MONAMI
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-21444-8_12
F. Bernal-Hidalgo1,*, R. Marin-Lopez1,*, A. Gómez-Skarmeta1,*
  • 1: University of Murcia
*Contact email: fbernal@um.es, rafa@um.es, skarmeta@um.es

Abstract

In recent years there has been a significant growth in the deployment of heterogeneous wireless technologies. Due to its diversity, new multi-interface terminals have appeared and pose new challenges to mobility management and security in wireless networks. In order to achieve a solution to these new challenges several standardisation groups are working to provide solutions that enable a seamless handoff in heterogeneous wireless networks by reducing the latency to obtain network access. In particular, the standardisation task group IEEE 802.21a is studying new media-independent services that allow a secure handoff process as well as mechanisms to reduce the latency during network access control after a mobile handoff. In this article, we analyse, three well-known key distribution mechanisms, in the context of IEEE 802.21a, for secure handover and how these mechanisms can help to reduce the network access time after a handoff in IEEE 802.21-assisted networks.