Handoff Scheme Considering Service History Adaptively in Heterogeneous Networks

Kyungkoo JUN

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E94-B    No.8    pp.2435-2438
Publication Date: 2011/08/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E94.B.2435
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Terrestrial Wireless Communication/Broadcasting Technologies
Keyword: 
handoff,  vertical,  service history,  handoff dropping,  heterogeneous networks,  

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Summary: 
Multiple-attribute based handoff schemes suffer from instability because of the dynamic nature of attributes and the distribution of handoff procedure over candidate networks, resulting in frequent handoffs that degrade the efficiency of resource management. To alleviate such instability, a service-history based scheme was proposed but it has several improper design decisions, e.g. it considers the history factors too optimistically and employs fixed weights that are likely to distort handoff decisions. This letter proposes to improve handoff performance by considering network state along with the service history. It takes into account the network utilization to avoid the optimistic dependency on the history and adaptively determines the weight to the service history in order to adjust its effect on the handoff decision. Simulation results show that the proposed scheme optimizes the number of handoff and the dropping probability when compared with existing schemes.