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Wireless Sensor Networks are characterized by having specific requirements such as limited energy availability, low memory and reduced processing power. On the other hand, these networks have enormous potential applicability, e.g., habitat monitoring, medical care, military surveillance or traffic control. Many protocols have been developed for Wireless(More)
In this paper we analyse the provision of enhanced communications between vehicles. It is expected that vehicles will have several communication devices, and that a specialised node will provide external connectivity to these devices, i.e. the devices in the vehicle form a Mobile Network. We propose the use of Network Mobility communication solutions for(More)
Multicast potentially optimises bandwidth consumption and node resources, when several users simultaneously participate in a communication session. Nevertheless, contrary to the expectations, IP multicast has not experienced widespread deployment, with the exception of IPTV. On the other hand, emerging Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) applications could(More)
Many issues still remain to be addressed in order to achieve acceptable security in Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs). This necessity, together with the adoption of IPv6 on WSNs being defined at the 610wpan lvorking group of the IETF, motivates our investigation on the feasibility of the application of IPSec on sensor nodes. IPSec is already part of IPv6,(More)
Mobility is one of the most important issues in next generation networks. As wireless sensor networks are becoming the next elements of the future Internet, it is crucial to study new models that also support mobility of these nodes. This paper presents and studies three paradigms to support mobility in sensor nodes. This study is supported by prototyping.(More)
The availability of tools to diagnose Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) failures is a key success factor for this type of networks as already demonstrated by several long-running deployments. By nature, WSNs are resource-constrained, fragile, complex to analyse, and failure-prone. Naturally, with the growing number of installations, it is becoming fundamental(More)
In this paper we present results from an experimental study addressing the use of mobile agents in the retrieval of management information. We compare several agent-based models for distributed collection and processing of management data, focusing on performance but also considering network traffic and setup costs. This study reveals that in many(More)