Mobility as an Alternative Communication Channel: A Survey

Abstract : —We review the research literature investigating systems in which mobile entities can carry data while they move. These entities can be either mobile by nature (e.g., human beings and animals) or mobile by design (e.g., trains, airplanes, and cars). The movements of such entities equipped with storage capabilities create a communication channel which can help overcome the limitations or the lack of conventional data networks. Common limitations include the mismatch between the capacity offered by these networks and the traffic demand or their limited deployment owing to environmental factors. Application scenarios include offloading traffic off legacy networks for capacity improvement, bridging connectivity gaps, or deploying ad hoc networks in challenging environments for coverage enhancement.
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Benjamin Baron, Prométhée Spathis, Marcelo Dias de Amorim, Yannis Viniotis, Mostafa Ammar. Mobility as an Alternative Communication Channel: A Survey. Communications Surveys and Tutorials, IEEE Communications Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2018, pp.1 - 1. ⟨10.1109/COMST.2018.2841192⟩. ⟨hal-01806574⟩

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