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Title: Spectrum handoff management in cognitive hetnet systems overlaid with femtocells
Authors: Al-Dulaimi, A
Anpalagan, A
Cosmas, J
Keywords: Cognitive radio;Femtocell;Mobility management;Spectrum handoff (SH);Throughput
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Citation: IEEE Systems Journal, 10, (1): pp. 1 - 11, (2016)
Abstract: Cognitive radio networks can facilitate seamless mobility to users considering their effective use of the dynamic spectrum access. This is performed by proactive/reactive adaptation of transmission operations in response to the wireless environment changes. One of these operations includes handoff between various wireless domains. The handoff here is not just a registration with a new base station, but it is also a negotiation to get access to the available channels locally in coexistence with the primary users. This dynamic adaptation between channels, known as spectrum handoff (SH), significantly impacts the time of handoff reconnection, which raises many questions about the functioning of the cognitive radio solution in the next generation of network systems. Therefore, it is necessary to develop a new method for roaming mobile users, particularly networks that employ small cells such as femtocells in order to reduce the unnecessary channel adaptations. This paper proposes a new entity, namely, channel assigning agent for managing SH, operator database, and channel access authentication. The goal of this mechanism is to retain the same channel used by a mobile user whenever possible to improve network performance by reducing the unnecessary SHs. The modeling and efficiency of the proposed scheme are validated through simulation results. The proposed solution improves the accessibility of resources and stability ofmobile radio connections that benefits mobile users as well as operators.
ISSN: 1932-8184
Appears in Collections:Dept of Electronic and Computer Engineering Research Papers

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