Kostas Pentikousis

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T. Nissila, K. Pentikousis, I. Harjula, J. Huusko, and M. Rautio, "WiMAX backhaul for environmental monitoring", in Proc. Seventh International ACM Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (MUM), Umea, Sweden, December 2008, pp. 185-188.

Abstract—In environmental monitoring, wirelessly connected sensors form local networks and collect data, which are sent to a central repository for further analysis and permanent storage. In this paper we empirically evaluate the use of fixed WiMAX to backhaul data from an environmental monitoring application. We find that aggregating sensor readings is crucial for taking full advantage of the WiMAX backhaul. We consider application-layer aggregation for scenarios where sensor communication is programmable or at least configurable. For scenarios where sensors cannot be modified, we consider network-layer aggregation using a performance enhancing proxy. Finally, we consider the case where application- and network-layer aggregation are combined. Our results show that without aggregation, goodput is only a small fraction of the maximum achieved in our testbed. Furthermore, we examine the effect of different modulation schemes on performance and quantify in practice the number of wireless sensor nodes that could be served with different modulation and data aggregation combinations.
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