Date Added: Apr 2011
The society uses a large diversity of co-existing wired and wireless networks in order to satisfy its communication needs. Cooperation between these networks can benefit performance, service availability and deployment ease, and leads to the emergence of hybrid networks. This position paper focuses on a hybrid mobile-sensor network identifying potential advantages and challenges of its use and defining feasible applications. The main value of the paper, however, is in the proposed analysis approach to evaluate the performance at the mobile network side given the mixed mobile-sensor traffic. The approach combines packet-level analysis with modeling of flow-level behavior and can be applied for the study of various application scenarios.