Pralhad Deshpande

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Cellular radios consume more power and suffer reduced data rate when the signal is weak. According to our measurements, the communication energy per bit can be as much as 6x higher when the signal is weak than when it is strong. To realize energy savings, applications must preferentially communicate when the signal is strong, either by deferring non-urgent(More)
With the proliferation of WiFi technology, many WiFi networks are accessible from vehicles on the road making vehicular WiFi access realistic. However, several challenges exist: long latency to establish connection to a WiFi access point (AP), lossy link performance, and frequent disconnections due to mobility. We argue that people drive on familiar routes(More)
We use a steerable beam directional antenna mounted on a moving vehicle to localize roadside WiFi access points (APs), located outdoors or inside buildings. Localizing APs is an important step towards understanding the topologies and network characteristics of large scale WiFi networks that are deployed in a chaotic fashion in urban areas. The idea is to(More)
We perform a head-to-head comparison of the performance characteristics of a 3G network operated by a nation-wide provider and a metro-scale WiFi network operated by a commercial ISP, from the perspective of vehicular network access. Our experience shows that over a wide geographic region and under vehicular mobility, these networks exhibit very different(More)
We investigate a transport layer protocol design that integrates 3G and WiFi networks, specifically targeting vehicular mobility. The goal is to move load from the expensive 3G network to the less expensive WiFi network without hurting the user experience. As the test platform we choose a nationwide 3G network and a commercially operated metro-scale WiFi(More)
We provide a measurement study of a single vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) link using 802.11b as the link layer technology. Our goal is to investigate practical usage of steerable beam directional antennas to improve V2V communications. We conduct extensive experiments using commercially available phased-array antennas mounted on cars in two different environments(More)
The true potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) will be realized only when devices are able to harness the collective capabilities of a wide range of peer-devices. In this paper, we propose a novel model where friends in a social network can share device capabilities with their peers in an access controlled manner. We develop a theoretical model of such(More)
In this work we design and evaluate the MRMV (Multi-Radio Multi-Vehicle) system for vehicular WiFi access in the 2.4 GHz band. The design essentially centers around the vehicular client that accesses typical metro-WiFi networks (V2I) under vehicular mobility. MRMV has two features that makes it unique -- i) it uses multiple WiFi interfaces that(More)
We investigate a hybrid wireless access network design that integrate 3G and WiFi networks, specifically targeting vehicular mobility. The goal is to shift the load from the expensive 3G network to the less expensive WiFi network without hurting the user experience. As a test platform we choose a nationwide 3G network and a commercially operated metroscale(More)