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An Intelligent Handover Management System for Future Generation Wireless Networks

EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking20082008:791691

  • Received: 27 December 2007
  • Accepted: 15 August 2008
  • Published:


Future generation wireless networks should provide to mobile users the best connectivity to services anywhere at anytime. The most challenging problem is the seamless intersystem/vertical mobility across heterogeneous wireless networks. In order to answer it, a vertical handover management system is needed. In our paper, we propose an intelligent solution answering user requirements and ensuring service continuity. We focus on a vertical handover decision strategy based on the context-awareness concept. The given strategy chooses the appropriate time and the most suitable access network among those available to perform a handover. It uses advanced decision algorithms (for more efficiency and intelligence) and it is governed by handover policies as decision rules (for more flexibility and optimization). To maintain a seamless service continuity, handover execution is based on mobile IP functionalities. We study our decision system in a case of a 3G/UMTS-WLAN scenario and we discuss all the handover decision issues in our solution.


  • Vertical Handover
  • Heterogeneous Wireless Network
  • Service Continuity
  • Handover Decision
  • Decision Issue

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Authors’ Affiliations

Labortoire d'Informatique de Paris 6 (LIP6), University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris6), CNRS UMR 7606, 104 avenue du Président Kennedy, 75016 Paris, France


© Meriem Kassar et al. 2008

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