Date Added: Aug 2012
Many applications in vehicular networks are context-aware in that the observations of sensing nodes, potentially vehicles, at a target location should be made available to the requesting node possibly at a different location. In order to provision such applications, two phases of packet routing between the requesting node and the target location and packet dissemination within the target location need to be implemented. In this paper, the authors focus on the second phase and propose an efficient reliable packet dissemination mechanism, Request-adaptive Packet Dissemination Mechanism (RPDM), in target location. RPDM allows for different applications to generate request packets based on their exclusive observation needs and delay requirements and adapts the dissemination mechanism in target location to specific needs of the request packet received.