Cooperative Spectrum Management in Cognitive Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks

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Executive Summary

In recent years, Cognitive Radio (CR) technology has received significant attention from the research community as it enables on-demand spectrum utilization, based on the requests of the end-users. An interesting application area of CR technology is Vehicular Ad Hoc NETworks (VANETs). In such networks, several innovative services and applications based on inter-vehicular communication have strict requirements in terms of bandwidth and delay, which might not be guaranteed by a fixed spectrum allocation paradigm. In this paper, the authors propose two key contributions pertaining to CR-VANETs: an experimental study of the spectrum availability and sensing accuracy in a moving vehicle and a collaborative spectrum management framework (called Cog-V2V), which allows the vehicles to share spectrum information, and to detect spectrum opportunities in the licensed band.

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