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Using GPRS and the Ronja Platform for Wireless Monitoring of Vehicles
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Microelectronics and Information Technology, IMIT. (CCSlab)
2001 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The evolution in the cellular and mobile data communication systems proceeds at a tremendous pace. More and more communication techniques are based on packet-switched technology instead of the circuit-switched ones. At the same time as these technologies become available to the market new kind of services are evolving, e.g. wireless monitoring of vehicles.

Services like wireless monitoring of vehicles have been available on the market for more than a decade. Especially in Europe they are built upon circuit-switched technologies or message services with low transmission rates. Though with the upcoming packet-switched technologies the customers and service providers will get access to new types of capabilities regarding quality of service, billing, and transmission rates. To build these services new types of high availability service platforms are needed. There will be a strong requirement for scalability, fault tolerance, redundancy, and distribution. Additionally there’ll be a demand that the platform support hot upgrades, i.e. dynamic software upgrade during execution. These requirements are very common in telecommunications environments.

In the report different wireless communication technologies are evaluated and the General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) is chosen as the means of communication. The reason is that it is a packet-switched technology, the transmission rate is rather high, it supports Internet Protocol (IP) data, and it’s the first step in the evolution path towards the third generation (3G) wireless communication systems. Services based on GPRS can also be used in the future 3G networks without modifications.

Different high availability platforms were also evaluated regarding the requirements placed on future service platforms. The conclusion is that more and more of these platforms will move from a hardware centric approach to a more software-based architecture. Of the platforms evaluated, the conclusion is that Ronja is the platform most suited for the task.

Future services, e.g. wireless monitoring of vehicles, can benefit from using Ronja and GPRS. The time and money saved by using the high availability functionality provided by the Ronja platform are significant. To use GPRS as the communication media may also reduce the costs for the customers that use these kinds of services.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2001. , 61 p.
National Category
Communication Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-93288OAI: diva2:515551
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Master of Science in Engineering - Computer Science and Technology
2001-01-24, Seminar room "Telegrafen", Isafjordsgatan 22, Kista, 09:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2012-04-18 Created: 2012-04-13 Last updated: 2013-09-09Bibliographically approved

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