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Journal of Computer Networks and Communications
Volume 2016, Article ID 3821593, 8 pages
Research Article

Secure Mix-Zones for Privacy Protection of Road Network Location Based Services Users

1Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering, I.T.S. Engineering College, Greater Noida 201308, India
2Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU), Lucknow 226021, India
3Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi 110025, India

Received 30 November 2015; Accepted 21 March 2016

Academic Editor: Eduardo da Silva

Copyright © 2016 Rubina S. Zuberi and Syed N. Ahmad. 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.


Privacy has been found to be the major impediment and hence the area to be worked out for the provision of Location Based Services in the wide sense. With the emergence of smart, easily portable, communicating devices, information acquisition is achieving new domains. The work presented here is an extension of the ongoing work towards achieving privacy for the present day emerging communication techniques. This work emphasizes one of the most effective real-time privacy enhancement techniques called Mix-Zones. In this paper, we have presented a model of a secure road network with Mix-Zones getting activated on the basis of spatial as well as temporal factors. The temporal factors are ascertained by the amount of traffic and its flow. The paper also discusses the importance of the number of Mix-Zones a user traverses and their mixing effectiveness. We have also shown here using our simulations which are required for the real-time treatment of the problem that the proposed transient Mix-Zones are part of a viable and robust solution towards the road network privacy protection of the communicating moving objects of the present scenario.