Context-aware vertical handovers between WLAN and 3G networks

J. Indulska, S. Balasubramaniam

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Vertical handovers can transform heterogeneous networks into an integrated communication environment. Such integration can lead to seamless communication if context information is used to support vertical handovers. Seamless communication environments are needed for future pervasive/ubiquitous systems, which are context aware and can adapt to context changes, including network disconnections, changes in network Quality of Service and changes in user preferences. This paper describes a generic, context-aware handover solution for multimedia applications and illustrates how this handover works for redirection of communication between WLANs and GPRS or UMTS networks. A description of a prototype for WLAN/GPRS handover and the results of handover experiments are also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3019-3023
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Vehicular Technology Conference
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
Event2004 IEEE 59th Vehicular Technology Conference, VTC2004-Spring: Towards a Global Wireless World - Milan, Italy
Duration: 17 May 200419 May 2004


  • GPRS
  • UMTS
  • Vertical handover
  • Wireless networks
  • WLAN


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