Network Selection Strategies and Resource Management Schemes in Integrated Heterogeneous Wireless and Mobile Networks

Network Selection Strategies and Resource Management Schemes in Integrated Heterogeneous Wireless and Mobile Networks

Wei Shen (University of Cincinnati, USA) and Qing-An Zeng (University of Cincinnati, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-965-1.ch408
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Abstract

Integrated heterogeneous wireless and mobile network (IHWMN) is introduced by combing different types of wireless and mobile networks (WMNs) in order to provide more comprehensive service such as high bandwidth with wide coverage. In an IHWMN, a mobile terminal equipped with multiple network interfaces can connect to any available network, even multiple networks at the same time. The terminal also can change its connection from one network to other networks while still keeping its communication alive. Although IHWMN is very promising and a strong candidate for future WMNs, it brings a lot of issues because different types of networks or systems need to be integrated to provide seamless service to mobile users. In this chapter, the authors focus on some major issues in IHWMN. Several noel network selection strategies and resource management schemes are also introduced for IHWMN to provide better resource allocation for this new network architecture.

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