Efficient Management and Fast Handovers in Software Defined Wireless Networks Using UAVs

Vishal Sharma, Fei Song, Ilsun You*, Han Chieh Chao

*Corresponding author for this work

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Compared to traditional networking, SDN has better controllability and visibility for network components, which enable better management by using the common controller. In this article, the standard architecture of SDN is enhanced to utilize UAVs as on-demand forwarding switches. The proposed approach can achieve efficient management and fast handovers by decreasing the handover latency, E2E delay, and signaling overheads. The illustrated scenarios will help in understanding the impact of existing handover approaches in the next generation wireless networks, especially the upcoming 5G, which includes small cells, UAVs, UEs, and so on. The simulation study shows that scenarios with both UAVs and small cells perform better than scenarios with only small cells. The results in this article show that the proposed SDNbased handover scenarios perform better than the existing 4G-LTE handover for UAVs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8120266
Pages (from-to)78-85
JournalIEEE Network
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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