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Field-Trial Experiments of an IoT-Based Fiber Networks Control and Management-Plane Early Disaster Recovery via Narrow-Band and Lossy Links System (FRENLL)
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications
Publication Date: 2020/11/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Joint Special Section on Opto-electronics and Communications for Future Optical Network)
photonic network, disaster recovery, software-defined networking (SDN), field-trial,
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Large-scale disasters can lead to a severe damage or destruction of optical transport networks including the data-plane (D-plane) and control and management-plane (C/M-plane). In addition to D-plane recovery, quick recovery of the C/M-plane network in modern software-defined networking (SDN)-based fiber optical networks is essential not only for emergency control of surviving optical network resources, but also for quick collection of information related to network damage/survivability to enable the optimal recovery plan to be decided as early as possible. With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, low energy consumption, and low-cost IoT devices have been more common. Corresponding long-distance networking technologies such as low-power wide-area (LPWA) and LPWA-based mesh (LPWA-mesh) networks promise wide coverage sensing and environment data collection capabilities. We are motivated to take an infrastructure-less IoT approach to provide long-distance, low-power and inexpensive wireless connectivity and create an emergency C/M-plane network for early disaster recovery. In this paper, we investigate the feasibility of fiber networks C/M-plane recovery using an IoT-based extremely narrow-band, and lossy links system (FRENLL). For the first time, we demonstrate a field-trial experiment of a long-latency/loss tolerable SDN C/M-plane that can take advantage of widely available IoT resources and easy-to-create wireless mesh networks to enable the timely recovery of the C/M-plane after disaster.