Integrating Heterogeneous Wireless Technologies: A Cellular Aided Mobile Ad hoc Network (CAMA)

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A mobile ad hoc network is a collection of wireless terminals that can be deployed rapidly. Its deficiencies include limited wireless bandwidth efficiency, low throughput, large delays, and weak security. Integrating it with a well established cellular network can improve communication and security in ad hoc networks, as well as enrich the cellular services. This research proposes a Cellular-Aided Mobile Ad Hoc Network (CAMA) architecture, in which a CAMA agent in the cellular network manages the control information, while the data is delivered through the Mobile Terminals (MTs). The routing and security information is exchanged between MTs and the agent through cellular radio channels.

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