Deploying Public Surface Transit to Forward Messages in DTN

Seilendria Hadiwardoyo and Alexandre Santos

Universidade do Minho
Centro Algoritmi
Escola de Engenharia
4710-057 Braga, Portugal

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Delay Tolerant Network (DTN) is a communication architecture enabling connectiviety in a topology with unregular end-to-end network connection. DTN enables communication in environments with cross-connectivity, large delays and delivery time variations, and a high error rate. DTN can be used in vehicular networks where public transport get involved.

This research aims to analyze the role of public transit as a DTN routing infrastructure. The impact of using public transit as a relay router is investigated by referencing the network performance, defined by its delivery ratio, average delay and overhead. The results show that public transit can be used as a backbone for DTN in an urban scenario using existing protocols. This opens insights for future researches on routing algorithm and protocol design.

11th International Wireless Communications & Mobile Computing Conference (IWCMC 2015), Dubrovnik, Croatia, 24-27 Aug, 2015