NerveNet Architecture and Its Pilot Test in Shirahama for Resilient Social Infrastructure

Masugi INOUE
Yasunori OWADA

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E100-B    No.9    pp.1526-1537
Publication Date: 2017/09/01
Publicized: 2017/03/22
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.2016PFI0006
Type of Manuscript: Special Section INVITED PAPER (Special Issue the Past, Present, and Future of Communications Technologies in the IEICE)
Category: Network
resilient network,  disaster,  multihop network,  mesh network,  ad hoc network,  

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From past experience of the large-scale cutoff of existing networks as a result of the East Japan Great Earthquake and tsunamis, and from previous research on stabilizing ad hoc networks that lack control mechanisms, we have strengthened the resilience of NerveNet. NerveNet was originally designed and developed as an access network for providing context-aware services with the use of sensors and actuators. Thus, at present, it has the capability to enable resilient information sharing and communications in a region even if access to the Internet is impossible in emergency situations. NerveNet is composed of single or multiple base stations interconnected by a variety of Ethernet-based wired or wireless transmission systems. A network is formed using line, star, tree, or mesh topology. Network and data management works in each base station in a distributed manner, resulting in the resilience of this system. In collaboration with the town of Shirahama in Wakayama prefecture in Japan, we have been conducting a pilot test with the NerveNet testbed. The test includes nine base stations interconnected by 5.6-GHz Wi-Fi and Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), providing tourists and residents with Internet access. In the future, we expect that not only NerveNet but also other novel technologies will contribute to solving social problems and enriching people's lives.