Field-Trial Experiments of an IoT-Based Fiber Networks Control and Management-Plane Early Disaster Recovery via Narrow-Band and Lossy Links System (FRENLL)

Sugang XU  Goshi SATO  Masaki SHIRAIWA  Katsuhiro TEMMA  Yasunori OWADA  Noboru YOSHIKANE  Takehiro TSURITANI  Toshiaki KURI  Yoshinari AWAJI  Naruto YONEMOTO  Naoya WADA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E103-B   No.11   pp.1214-1225
Publication Date: 2020/11/01
Publicized: 2020/05/14
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.2019OBP0007
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.