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International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 614532, 13 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/614532
Research Article

Using Mobile Robots to Establish Mobile Wireless Mesh Networks and Increase Network Throughput

1College of Technology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
2Department of Electronics and Radio Engineering, Kyung Hee University, Yongin 446-701, Republic of Korea
3Purdue Homeland Security Institute, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA

Received 20 January 2012; Revised 5 June 2012; Accepted 20 June 2012

Academic Editor: David Simplot-Ryl

Copyright © 2012 Cory Q. Nguyen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

We discuss the proof of concept that gives mobile robotic units the ability to provide a mobile wireless mesh network providing wireless service to end-clients and also demonstrate the ability to increase the throughput of this mobile wireless mesh system by autonomously reducing the hop count required for network traffic to transit through. In doing so, this proof-of-concept contributes to future development of a robust system which can be deployed and utilized in different situations and industry.