Application of Multi-path Routing for Communications in Firefighting

Conference: Mobilkommunikation - Technologien und Anwendungen - 15. ITG-Fachtagung
05/19/2010 - 05/20/2010 at Osnabrück, Deutschland

Proceedings: Mobilkommunikation

Pages: 7Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Kuladinithi, Koojana; Görg, Carmelita (ComNets, TZI, University of Bremen, Germany)
Timm-Giel, Andreas (Hamburg University of Technology, Hamburg-Harburg, Germany)

Firefighting is a very demanding application area for communication systems. In this contribution, a new approach of replicating packets and transmitting them simultaneously on multiple paths created through an ad hoc networking protocol is presented. The feasibility of this approach is demonstrated by investigations and simulations performed on multi-path routing, in particular considering the interference imposed by simultaneous transmission on multiple paths. Results prove the feasibility of using multiple paths for transmitting replicated packets. The replication causes higher congestion in the network, but significantly improves the reliability of communications in an environment consisting of fire, smoke and vapor being of major importance in firefighting.