1st International ICST Conference on Mobile Wireless Middleware, Operating Systems and Applications

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On Communication Protocols for Tactical Navigation Assistance

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        author={Evren Onem and H. Birkan  Yilmaz and Fatih Alag\o{}z and Tuna Tugcu},
        title={On Communication Protocols for Tactical Navigation Assistance},
        proceedings={1st International ICST Conference on Mobile Wireless Middleware, Operating Systems and Applications},
        keywords={Tactical navigation digital battlefield cross layer communication protocols Gossip-based ad hoc routing NGossip C-TRAMAF.},
  • Evren Onem
    H. Birkan Yilmaz
    Fatih Alagöz
    Tuna Tugcu
    Year: 2010
    On Communication Protocols for Tactical Navigation Assistance
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.MOBILWARE2008.2874
Evren Onem1,*, H. Birkan Yilmaz1,*, Fatih Alagöz1,*, Tuna Tugcu1,*
  • 1: Bogazici University, Department of Computer Engineering, Istanbul, Turkey. 0090-2123597686
*Contact email: evren.onem@boun.edu.tr, yilmhuse@boun.edu.tr, alagoz@boun.edu.tr, tugcu@boun.edu.tr


Using tactical navigation systems is popular for military as well as search and rescue applications. For such applications, the significance of the tactical navigation systems arises especially when groups with the same goal move together on the terrain. Such systems rely on mobile ad-hoc communications rather than the classical infrastructure. In this paper, we aim to develop a cross-layer communication protocol suite for a tactical navigation assistance system. The traffic-adaptive medium access protocol (TRAMA) and a gossip-based ad hoc routing protocol are modified according to the needs of the tactical navigation applications. The efficiency of the MAC and the network layer is improved by using geographical information acquired by the application layer. Such an improvement relieves the MAC layer and the network layer from sending extra control messages, thereby leading to more efficient bandwidth usage. Furthermore, data fusion is performed for the frames in the MAC layer queue according to information quality. As a result, for environments with a low mobility rate, an efficient, collision-free MAC layer protocol and a fast data diffusing routing protocol is achieved.