Implementation, Evaluation, and Applications of Mobile Mesh Networks for Platforms in Motion
Napora, Jared Stanislaus
Davis, Christopher C
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This thesis explores the selection, implementation, and evaluation of two mobile mesh networks, each involving a different distributed computing problem. In the forthcoming discussion, it will become apparent how system constraints affect the optimal choice of mesh networking design and implementation in these cases. The first problem explores the design and implementation of a distributed computing mesh network that will allow a collection of autonomous land vehicles to gather, process, and exchange information in an unknown environment. This network was established by adapting standard commercial 802.11 routers and by providing a software framework that handles all communication between wireless nodes. The second problem involves the design of a network for tracking and monitoring personnel. This network was implemented utilizing ZigBee modules due to power and custom implementation constraints. Both networks were tested with respect to their specific design constraints and they lay the foundation for additional application development and research.