FDLA: A Novel Frequency Diversity and Link Aggregation Solution for Handover in an Indoor Vehicular VLC Network

Jarchlo, Elnaz Alizadeh, Eso, Elizabeth, Doroud, Hossein, Zubow, Anatolij, Dressler, Falko, Ghassemlooy, Zabih, Siessegger, Bernhard and Caire, Giuseppe (2021) FDLA: A Novel Frequency Diversity and Link Aggregation Solution for Handover in an Indoor Vehicular VLC Network. IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, 18 (3). pp. 3556-3566. ISSN 2373-7379

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1109/TNSM.2021.3075476


VLC (VLC) has been introduced as a complementary wireless technology that can be widely used in industrial indoor environments where automated guided vehicles aim to ease and accelerate logistics. Despite its advantages, there is one significant drawback of using an indoor () network that is there is a high handover outage duration. In line-of-sight VLC links, such handovers are frequently due to mobility, shadowing, and obstacles. In this paper, we propose a frequency diversity and link aggregation solution, which is a novel technique in Data link layer to tackle handover challenge in indoor networks. We have developed a small-scale prototype and experimentally evaluated its performance for a variety of scenarios and compared the results with other handover techniques. We also assessed the configuration options in more detail, in particular focusing on different network traffic types and various address resolution protocol intervals. The measurement results demonstrate the advantages of our approach for low-outage duration handovers in. The proposed idea is able to decrease the handover outage duration in a two-dimensional network to about 0.2 s, which is considerably lower compared to previous solutions.

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Additional Information: Funding information: This work was supported in part by European project called VisIoN, funded by the European Unions Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curiee grant agreement number 764461.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Frequency Diversity, Handover, Link Aggregation, Outage Duration, Visible Light Communication, Visible Light Sensors, VLC Data Link Layer
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
H600 Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2021 15:11
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2021 13:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/46327

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