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The majority of today's multimedia applications and content reside on the Internet. Since, the Internet Protocol (IP) is the "Glue" that holds the Internet together, there is enormous interest in extending IP to mobile multimedia networks. Handover is one of the most important factors that may degrade the performance of real-time applications in mobile multimedia networks. In this paper, the authors introduce a novel mobility management strategy for mobile IP networks, in which they develop a seamless handover scheme called SHMIPv6 (Seamless Multimedia Handoff for hierarchical Mobile IPv6). By integrating MAC and Network layer handovers efficiently, SHMIPV6 can significantly reduce the system signaling cost and handover delay.
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