Hybrid WiMAX and Wi-Fi Networks for the Support of b-Learning and Telemedicine

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This paper addresses the deployment of hybrid WiMAX and Wi-Fi networks for the support of always best connected telemedicine and health sciences education applications. The available services include a LMS (Learning Management System) and several structured functionalities for b-Learning. For the support of these services, fixed and wireless LANs have been deployed, as well as an experimental point-to-multipoint IEEE 802.16-2004 network covering part of the city of Covilha. The FCS (Health Sciences Faculty) Campus as well as the tutorial rooms of the Faculty spread at the different Hospitals of the region of Beira Interior, Portugal, are benefiting from WLAN coverage, whose backhaul is supported by WiMAX point-to-point links with relays.

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