NerveNet: A Regional Platform Network for Context-Aware Services with Sensors and Actuators

Masugi INOUE
Ruidong LI
Yasunori OWADA

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E94-B    No.3    pp.618-629
Publication Date: 2011/03/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E94.B.618
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section INVITED PAPER (Special Section on Information and Communication Technologies for Next-generation Mobile Multimedia Life)
network platform,  regional network,  sensor and actuator network,  context-aware,  

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Wireless access networks of the future could provide a variety of context-aware services with the use of sensor information in order to solve regional social problems and improve the quality of residents' lives as a part of the regional infrastructure. NerveNet is a conceptual regional wireless access platform in which multiple service providers provide their own services with shared use of the network and sensors, enabling a range of context-aware services. The platform acts like a human nervous system. Densely located, interconnected access points with databases and data processing units will provide mobility to terminals without a location server and enable secure sensor data transport on a highly reliable, managed mesh network. This paper introduces the motivations, concept, architecture, system configuration, and preliminary performance results of NerveNet.