Development of a modular platform for ad hoc networking on Android
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[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] As smartphones become more common and their capabilities improve, their usefulness in a variety of application areas also improves. The portability of smartphones makes them ideal for many tasks that in the past required specialized hardware. One application area that smartphones are ideal for is ad hoc networking. Devices in an ad hoc network connect directly to one another without using any additional hardware. Ad hoc networks are formed on demand and nodes in the network may be mobile. Software-defined networking (SDN) has been proposed as an improvement over traditional infrastructure networking. Software-defined networking in ad hoc networks (SDNAN) was developed to apply concepts of abstraction from software-defined networking to ad hoc networks using the Android operating system. By combining ad hoc networks with SDN a platform has been developed that makes it easier to develop applications that use ad hoc networks, and that also makes the platform more modular, allowing easy modification and extension of components. In addition, a framework has been developed for context-aware computing that combines data from external sensors, sensors provided by the smartphone, and psychological data collected in response to events. Eventually, the two applications could be combined to create a framework for context-aware computing using an ad hoc network of smartphones to make use of contextual information about a group of users.
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