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Experiences in Deploying a Wireless Mesh Network Testbed for Traffic Control

Lan, Kun-chan; Wang, Zhe; Hassan, Mahbub; Moors, Tim; Berriman, Rodney; Libman, Lavy; Ott, Maximilian; Landfeldt, Björn LU and Zaidi, Zainab (2007) In Computer Communication Review 17(5). p.17-28
Abstract
Wireless mesh networks (WMN) have attracted consider- able interest in recent years as a convenient, flexible and low-cost alternative to wired communication infrastructures in many contexts. However, the great majority of research on metropolitan-scale WMN has been centered around max- imization of available bandwidth, suitable for non-real-time applications such as Internet access for the general public. On the other hand, the suitability of WMN for mission- critical infrastructure applications remains by and large un- known, as protocols typically employed in WMN are, for the most part, not designed for real-time communications. In this paper, we describe the Smart Transport and Roads Communications (STaRComm) project at National ICT... (More)
Wireless mesh networks (WMN) have attracted consider- able interest in recent years as a convenient, flexible and low-cost alternative to wired communication infrastructures in many contexts. However, the great majority of research on metropolitan-scale WMN has been centered around max- imization of available bandwidth, suitable for non-real-time applications such as Internet access for the general public. On the other hand, the suitability of WMN for mission- critical infrastructure applications remains by and large un- known, as protocols typically employed in WMN are, for the most part, not designed for real-time communications. In this paper, we describe the Smart Transport and Roads Communications (STaRComm) project at National ICT Aus- tralia (NICTA), which sets a goal of designing a wireless mesh network architecture to solve the communication needs of the traffic control system in Sydney, Australia. This sys- tem, known as SCATS (Sydney Coordinated Adaptive Traf- fic System) and used in over 100 cities around the world, connects a hierarchy of several thousand devices — from in- dividual traffic light controllers to regional computers and the central Traffic Management Centre (TMC) — and places stringent requirements on the reliability and latency of the data exchanges. We discuss our experience in the deploy- ment of an initial testbed consisting of 7 mesh nodes placed at intersections with traffic lights, and share the results and insights learned from our measurements and initial trials in the process. (Less)
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  abstract     = {Wireless mesh networks (WMN) have attracted consider- able interest in recent years as a convenient, flexible and low-cost alternative to wired communication infrastructures in many contexts. However, the great majority of research on metropolitan-scale WMN has been centered around max- imization of available bandwidth, suitable for non-real-time applications such as Internet access for the general public. On the other hand, the suitability of WMN for mission- critical infrastructure applications remains by and large un- known, as protocols typically employed in WMN are, for the most part, not designed for real-time communications. In this paper, we describe the Smart Transport and Roads Communications (STaRComm) project at National ICT Aus- tralia (NICTA), which sets a goal of designing a wireless mesh network architecture to solve the communication needs of the traffic control system in Sydney, Australia. This sys- tem, known as SCATS (Sydney Coordinated Adaptive Traf- fic System) and used in over 100 cities around the world, connects a hierarchy of several thousand devices — from in- dividual traffic light controllers to regional computers and the central Traffic Management Centre (TMC) — and places stringent requirements on the reliability and latency of the data exchanges. We discuss our experience in the deploy- ment of an initial testbed consisting of 7 mesh nodes placed at intersections with traffic lights, and share the results and insights learned from our measurements and initial trials in the process.},
  author       = {Lan, Kun-chan and Wang, Zhe and Hassan, Mahbub and Moors, Tim and Berriman, Rodney and Libman, Lavy and Ott, Maximilian and Landfeldt, Björn and Zaidi, Zainab},
  issn         = {0146-4833},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {17--28},
  publisher    = {ACM},
  series       = {Computer Communication Review},
  title        = {Experiences in Deploying a Wireless Mesh Network Testbed for Traffic Control},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1290168.1290171},
  volume       = {17},
  year         = {2007},
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