Mobility

Extra-Sensory Perception for Wireless Networks

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Executive Summary

Commodity smartphones and tablet devices now come equipped with a variety of sensors, including accelerometers, multiple positioning sensors, magnetic compasses, and inertial sensors (gyros). In this paper, the authors posit that these sensors can be profitably used to improve the performance of wireless network protocols running on these mobile devices, and introduce the idea of using external sensor hints for this purpose. They focus on mobility hints, including the device's state of motion, speed, direction of movement, and position.

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