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Vertical handovers as adaptation methods in pervasive systems

By S. Balasubramaniam and J. Indulska


Abstract- Pervasive systems need to be context aware and need to adapt to context changes, including network disconnections and changes in network Quality of Service (QoS). Vertical handover (handover between heterogeneous networks) is one of possible adaptation methods. It allows users to roam freely between heterogeneous networks while maintaining continuity of their applications. This paper proposes a vertical handover approach suitable for multimedia applications in pervasive systems. It describes the adaptability decision making process which uses vertical handovers to support users mobility and provision of QoS suitable for users ’ applications. The process evaluates context information regarding user devices, user location, network environment, and user perceived QoS of applications. I

Year: 2003
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