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International Scholarly Research Notices
Volume 2014, Article ID 730760, 8 pages
Research Article

Healthcare Supported by Data Mule Networks in Remote Communities of the Amazon Region

1Centro de Ciências Exatas e Tecnologia, Universidade da Amazônia, 66060-902 Belém, PA, Brazil
2Department of Computer Science, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721-0077, USA
3Computer Science and Engineering, CIDSE, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-8809, USA

Received 16 May 2014; Revised 3 September 2014; Accepted 15 September 2014; Published 30 October 2014

Academic Editor: Jehn Ruey Jiang

Copyright © 2014 Mauro Margalho Coutinho 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.


This paper investigates the feasibility of using boats as data mule nodes, carrying medical ultrasound videos from remote and isolated communities in the Amazon region in Brazil, to the main city of that area. The videos will be used by physicians to perform remote analysis and follow-up routine of prenatal examinations of pregnant women. Two open source simulators (the ONE and NS-2) were used to evaluate the results obtained utilizing a CoDPON (continuous displacement plan oriented network). The simulations took into account the connection times between the network nodes (boats) and the number of nodes on each boat route.