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dc.contributor.advisorFerrari, Gianluigi-
dc.contributor.authorSpigoni, Giovanni-
dc.description.abstractToday, the possibility of being connected to the Internet at every time and without interruption is almost a reality. The great capabilities of new generation cellular networks and their wide coverage enable people to use the innumerable resources of the Internet, almost everywhere and in any mobility scenario. All modern mobile devices have multiple interfaces to get connected to the Internet, and (almost) all smartphone users think to know which interface is the best one to use in a specific situation. In particular, despite the great improvement of cellular networks, in certain situations, the use of an alternative network (for instance, WiFi, is to be preferred). Therefore, the selection of the best network is not straightforward. If we change perspective and we do not talk about people and their smartphones, rather about mobile machines (say vehicles) that have to stay connected in order to provide or to receive a certain service, then the matter of finding, at every time, the best network to connect to, appears a little more urgent. Furthermore, since in some situations it could be very important to have a performing connection, for example with very low delay, then it is evident that the selection of the best network is not trivial. The characteristics of the networks to use, in order to choose the best network, are different according to the application at hand. A world where machines move automatically and use the Internet just like humans seems at the moment far away, but it is rapidly approaching. Besides the problem of network selection, one could wonder why one should just use the best network, instead of using all networks available in order to get the best "sides" of all? The development of efficient methods for the integration of multiple networks is an interesting but still open research area. This thesis focuses on the interaction and integration of heterogeneous networks. Several innovative protocols, technologies, and applications developed, in order to make network integration easier for humans and automatic for machines, will be
dc.publisherUniversità di Parma. Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazioneit
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDottorato di ricerca in Tecnologie dell'Informazioneit
dc.rights© Giovanni Spigoni, 2014it
dc.subjectheterogeneous networksit
dc.subjectvertical handoverit
dc.subjectvehicular networksit
dc.subjectalways best connectedit
dc.subjectcellular networksit
dc.subjectieee 802.21it
dc.subjectmultipath tcpit
dc.titleIntegration of Heterogeneous Networks: Protocols, Technologies, and Applicationsit
dc.typeDoctoral thesisit
dc.subject.soggettarioIngegneria informaticait
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