Enhanced media independent handover framework

Pedro Neves, Francisco Fontes, Susana Sargento, Marcio Melo, Konstantinos Pentikousis

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The Internet access paradigm is changing and a wide range of overlapping radio access technologies, such as WiMAX, Wi-Fi, 3GPP UMTS/LTE and DVB-H, will soon be available to most users and their multi-access devices. Therefore, novel mechanisms and protocols are needed to provide seamless mobility between different wireless access technologies. This paper presents novel handover procedures, based on media independent schemes, to address seamless mobility in heterogeneous environments. We propose an enhanced media independent handover framework (eMIHF), which extends IEEE 802.21 by allowing for efficient provisioning and activation of QoS resources in the target radio access technology during the handover preparation phase, and efficiently interacts with the mobility processes of different technologies employed. We evaluate eMIHF using the ns-2 simulator, and demonstrate that the proposed handover scheme provides seamless mobility, with low latency and no packet loss.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVTC Spring 2009 - IEEE 69th Vehicular Technology Conference
PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4244-2517-4
Publication statusPublished - 2009
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIEEE 69th Vehicular Technology Conference - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 26 Apr 200929 Apr 2009

Publication series

SeriesIEEE Vehicular Technology Conference Proceedings


ConferenceIEEE 69th Vehicular Technology Conference


  • handover procedures
  • handover
  • handover process
  • seamless mobility
  • heterogeneous handovers
  • heterogeneous networks
  • eMIHF


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