A Wireless Extension to the ACTS ATM Internetwork
Project Award Date: 1994
Wireless ATM based services will provide the ability to seamlessly use advanced communications services independent of a connection to the wired infrastructure. For example, future networks will support the seamless movement of users from fixed high speed wired connection, i.e., a ATM based service in the office, to mobile platforms. The network must be able to recognize the change in capabilities caused by such movements and respond appropriately. To realize this vision, issues in mobile networks, such as, mobile- IP users, and network management must be addressed.
The purpose of the proposed effort is to begin to investigate such issues. The approach will focus on implementing a prototype wire/wireless network that contains the critical elements of these future systems. The prototype system will be used demonstrate the delivery of wireless ATM based services and then to investigate mobile-IP and network management issues.
The effort will be implemented in three phases over a three year period (in this effort phases correspond to years). In the first year a prototype wire/wireless network will be implemented and demonstrated using ATM radio technology developed at the Telecommunications and Information Sciences Laboratory at the University of Kansas under ARPA sponsorship. During the first year, mobile-IP issues will also be investigated. The second year of the effort will focus on mobile-IP issues as well as network management for the wireless environment. Prototype implementation of mobile-IP and interfaces between the wireless ATM network and a management system will be demonstrated by the end of the second year. The focus of the third year will be on performance characterization and enhancements of the wire/wireless network.
Primary Sponsor(s): Sprint Corporation