Self-organization in mobile ad hoc networks: The approach of terminodes

L. Blažević, L. Buttyán, S. Čapkun, S. Giordano, J. P. Hubaux, J. Y. Le Boudec

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The Terminodes project is designing a wide-area mobile ad hoc network which is meant to be used in a public environment; in our approach, the network is run by users themselves. We give a global description of the building blocks used by the basic operation of the network; they all rely on various concepts of self-organization. Routing uses a combination of geography-based information and local MANET-like protocols. Terminode positioning is obtained by either GPS or a relative positioning method. Mobility management uses self-organized virtual regions. Terminodes employ a form of virtual money called nuglets as an incentive to collaborate. Lastly, we discuss directions for providing some level of security.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-173
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Communications Magazine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2001


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Blažević, L., Buttyán, L., Čapkun, S., Giordano, S., Hubaux, J. P., & Le Boudec, J. Y. (2001). Self-organization in mobile ad hoc networks: The approach of terminodes. IEEE Communications Magazine, 39(6), 166-173.