Using Hitchhiker Mobile Agents for Environment Monitoring [chapter]

Oscar Urra, Sergio Ilarri, Eduardo Mena, Thierry Delot
Advances in Soft Computing  
Recently, there has been a great interest in the development of protocols and data management techniques for vehicular networks (VANETs). In a VANET, the vehicles form a wireless ad hoc network where different types of useful data can be exchanged by using the dynamic links that a vehicle can establish with its neighboring vehicles. While this offers opportunities to develop useful applications, many research challenges arise from the point of view of data management. In this paper, we propose
more » ... he use of cars equipped with sensors in a VANET for environment monitoring. Our approach is based on mobile agents, which jump from car to car as necessary to reach the area of interest and keep themselves in that area. Thus, relying on an expensive fixed infrastructure of sensors is avoided. Instead, any area can be monitored with low cost as long as there are enough vehicles traversing it. We present experiments that compare different traveling strategies for the agents.
doi:10.1007/978-3-642-00487-2_59 dblp:conf/paams/UrraIMD09 fatcat:sf6la735j5affbqztwbm5lw4yu