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  • 101.
    Andersson, Mattias
    et al.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
    Dávila, Javier
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
    Energieffektiva byggmaterials påverkan på radiosignaler: Dämpning av radiosignaler i nya fastigheter2016Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The goal of this thesis is to examine the attenuation of new building materials on radio signals and the environmental effects that any signal improving solution might have.

    Environmental awareness and sustainable solutions are key issues when planning new buildings. Energy conservation and planning for the future puts pressure on companies to rethink the way they plan and construct new buildings.

    New materials and new techniques are required to reduce the amount of energy it takes to heat our buildings. One unfortunate drawback is the attenuation these new materials have on radio signals. This creates problems for the tenants as they are no longer able to use their mobile telephones indoors.

    To get around that problem a windows or door to the balcony is opened to get an acceptable reception. The energy losses that occur as a result are important to consider. A decrease in these energy losses might serve as an incentive for real estate owners to invest in signal improving solutions for their buildings.

    To get a better understanding of the problem, tests were performed in buildings that incorporate these new materials and techniques. The results of these tests were then used in mathematical models to analyze and to get a better understand the size of the problem. The results show a significant difference when compared to values used in previous calculations where 15dB was seen as a reasonable. This report suggest that the old value is changed to 23dB as seen in the analysis of the data collected. When this new value is used in the surface coverage models, the decrease in cell coverage from the base station becomes evident.

  • 102.
    Andersson, Mattias
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Communication Theory.
    Wyrembelski, R. F.
    Oechtering, Tobias J.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Communication Theory.
    Skoglund, Mikael
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Communication Theory.
    Polar codes for bidirectional broadcast channels with common and confidential messages2012In: International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems (ISWCS), 2012, IEEE conference proceedings, 2012, p. 1014-1018Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We consider the bidirectional broadcast channel with common and confidential messages. We show that polar codes achieve the capacity of binary input symmetrical bidirectional broadcast channels with confidential messages, if one node's channel is a degraded version of the other node's channel. We also find a new bound on the cardinality of the auxiliary random variable in this setup.

  • 103.
    Andersson, Per
    et al.
    Handelshögskolan, Stockholm School of Economics.
    Markendahl, Jan
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS. KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Centres, Center for Wireless Systems, Wireless@kth.
    Capabilities for Network Operations and Support of Customers’ Working Processes2007Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this work in progress paper we will discuss company capabilities related to telecom services and how they can be developed or acquired in order to increase the compositeness of the firm. Traditionally, the technical infrastructure and platforms are designed and deployed by the vendors and operators and the role of end-users, private persons or enterprises,  is to accept the offered service, pay and use. This may be a sustainable model when the user requirements are limited to connectivity, communication between persons and internet access, and to delivery of media services where the network acts as a channel. However, we argue that the design and deployment process of telecom services must be changed in order to provide flexible support of customers´ working processes. As a supplier you also have to consider how value is added in the working process of the customer. The full paper will include problem formulation, research questions, theoretical analysis and empirical data from case studies. 

  • 104.
    Andersson Schwarz, Jonas
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Palmås, Karl
    Introducing the panspectric challenge: A reconfiguration of regulatory values in a multiplatform media landscape2013In: Central European Journal of Communication, ISSN 1899-5101, Vol. 6, no 2, p. 219-233Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Taking Sweden as a case study, the role of public service broadcasting (PSB) is explored, with a focus on issues of data retention and innovation that accompany web distribution. The issue of predicting audience preferences by means of data retention is investigated, and the related problem of organizational autonomy when interacting with commercial actors in the digital sphere. We hypothesize that previous tendencies towards paternalism might be equally supplemented by tendencies towards so-called “panspectric” surveillance and tracking, given a technological environment where such practices are increasingly common. We argue that the absence of advertising partially helps keep these broadcasters from panspectric temptation. Still, practices such as Facebook integration entail a panspectric element. We ask whether the potential increase in the efficacy of targeting audiences promised by panspectric practices might be offset by its negative impact on civic accountability. Is there a possibility for a “benign,” democratically accountable panspectrocism?

  • 105.
    Andersson, Tobias
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Electricity.
    Toft, Jonathan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Electricity.
    Data communication and power supply on a two conductor system2018Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This master thesis aimed to develop a prototype of a hardware platform which allowed digital communication as well as DC power to be transmitted over one pair of wires. The prototype was used as a pre-study for Axis Communications AB that wanted a bit rate high enough to transmit digital audio, as well as enough power to supply a set of speakers.

    The prototype included one circuit to send power and data (master), as well as two receivers (slaves). With this configuration data rates of up to 17 Mbps were achieved as well as an output power of 90 W from master. The data was transmitted on a RS-485 bus type, which was AC coupled to a 48 V DC bias. Because of the AC coupling, the bit stream needed to alternate, therefore Manchester encoded data, or similar, was recommended.

    The receiver cards included a buck converter to supply the circuits with a stable 5 V DC. The converters needed at least 10 V supply voltage to function, which gave a theoretical max range in cabling when accounting for voltage drop in the cables. For a 0.75 mm² power cord at max allowed current, this range was 500 metres per wire.

  • 106.
    Andersson, Tommy
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Avvaktande AJAX- anrop: En avlastningsteknik för 3G-nätet2012Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Den ökade användningen av nätuppkopplade mobilapplikationer har resulterat i en överbelastning i 3G-nätet. Förslag för att avlasta nätet har bland annat varit genom alternativa uppkopplingar, vilket innebär en uppoffring av 3G-nätets tillgänglighet. Detta leder till frågor om andra avlastningsmetoder. Arbetets målsättning var att se hur en applikations datatrafik påverkas av att klassiska intervallanrop ersätts av avvaktande AJAX-anrop. Detta görs genom att implementera respektive anropsmetod i två identiska alfapetapplikationer. Mätdata erhölls genom att låta användare spela längre omgångar av respektive applikation, vilket även genererar realistiska uppdateringar. Resultaten visar att den klientgenererade bandbreddskonsumtionen minskas vid användning av avvaktande AJAX-anrop. Detta gör den, i kontrast med klassiska intervallanrop, till en möjlig avlastningsmetod.

  • 107.
    Andreasson, Carin
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Microelectronics and Information Technology, IMIT.
    Usability Studies of Wireless LAN Systems: *Design of the MUST – Method for Usability Studies and Tests*2001Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This document presents the thesis project “Usability Studies of Wireless Systems, Design of the MUST – Method for Usability Studies and Tests” that was part of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Electrical Engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology. The work was carried out at Ericsson WLAN Systems. They develop mobile enablers and had realized the importance of adding input, from the actual users of the systems, into the developing process. The problem was that Ericsson WLAN Systems did not have any kind of strategy for performing usability studies or user tests. The need for a method for usability studies initiated this thesis project.

    The method is called MUST (Method for Usability Studies and Tests) and directs itself towards a project leader and/or usability engineer. It interprets the indistinct and abstract declarations of usability into concrete tools for usability engineering. The method is applied alongside the ordinary development process to enable early and constant focus on usability and to structure the usability engineering. The MUST is divided into five different phases that form a lifecycle, describing the workflow when conducting usability engineering: Know the User, Setting Goals, Prototyping, Testing and User Feedback. Every phase within the MUST lifecycle has a specified goal to be achieved and methods to be used to achieve it. MUST also helps connecting the information flow from product management through software design to support.

    MUST has been tested in parts within this thesis project. Ericsson’s High Security System was put through a Thinking Aloud Test and new and interesting data was gathered through this test, revealing what the users really thought about the product as well as how they actually interacted with it. The results became valuable input to the up-grades of the High Security System.

  • 108.
    Andreev, Sergey D.
    et al.
    Saint-Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
    Turlikov, Andrey M.
    Saint-Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
    Vinel, Alexey
    Saint-Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
    Performance analysis of a high-speed ultra-wideband WPAN MAC2007In: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Analytical and Stochastic Modelling Techniques and Applications: 4 - 6 June 2007, Prague, Czech Republic ; ASMTA 2007 / [ed] Khalid Al-Begain, Armin Heindl & Miklos Telek, Sbr.-Dudweiler: Digitaldruck Pirrot GmbH , 2007, p. 44-49Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The current paper addresses the problem of the throughput-delay performance of a contemporary WPAN MAC standard. A brief overview of the standard functionality is first presented that allows a system model derivation. Two different acknowledgement policies are described under which the channel operation is considered. Two possible input traffic models are also considered one of them being saturation conditions under which the performance analysis is done that is further verified by means of the simulation. The obtained results show the system behavior as the number of channel users increase and allow the tuning of the protocol parameters to improve the performance.

  • 109.
    Andreev, Sergey D.
    et al.
    Saint-Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
    Vinel, Alexey
    Saint-Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
    Performance analysis and enhancement of an ultra-wideband WPAN MAC in the presence of noise2007In: XI International Symposium on Problems of Redundancy in Information and Control Systems, Saint Petersburg, 2007, p. 117-122Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper addresses the performance evaluation of the contemporary UWB WPAN standard. The basic standard functionality is described for which a system model is derived that accounts for the possible errors due to the background noise. Two realistic scenarios of the saturation conditions and the Bernoulli packet arrivals are considered to calculate the system throughput and the mean initial packet delay. The redundancy-based error detection mechanism that is implemented in the standard is discussed that allows the enhancement of the system performance. The obtained results are compared against the simulation which shows a good accordance with the analytical results and a distinct superiority of the introduced enhancement.

  • 110.
    Andreev, Sergey
    et al.
    Department of Communications Engineering, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland.
    Galinina, Olga
    Speech Technology Center, St. Petersburg, Russia.
    Vinel, Alexey
    Saint-Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia.
    Cross-Layer Channel-Aware Approaches for Modern Wireless Networks2010Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 111.
    Andreev, Sergey
    et al.
    Department of Communications Engineering, Tampere University of Technology, Finland.
    Galinina, Olga
    Department of Communications Engineering, Tampere University, Finland of Technology.
    Vinel, Alexey
    Department of Communications Engineering, Tampere University, Finland of Technology.
    Performance Evaluation of a Three Node Client Relay System2011In: International Journal of Wireless Networks and Broadband Technologies, ISSN 2155-6261, Vol. 1, no 1, p. 73-84Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper, the authors examine a client relay system comprising three wireless nodes. Closed-form expressions for mean packet delay, as well as for throughput, energy expenditure, and energy efficiency of the source nodes are also obtained. The precision of the established parameters is verified by means of simulation.

  • 112.
    Andreev, Sergey
    et al.
    Saint-Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
    Saffer, Zsolt
    Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary.
    Turlikov, Andrey
    Saint-Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
    Vinel, Alexey
    Saint-Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation, Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
    Overall Delay in IEEE 802.16 with Contention-Based Random Access2009In: / [ed] K. Al Begain, D. Fiems, G. Horvath, Heidelberg: Springer, 2009, p. 89-102Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 113.
    Andreev, Sergey
    et al.
    Department of Communications Engineering, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland.
    Saffer, Zsolt
    Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary.
    Turlikov, Andrey
    Saint-Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
    Vinel, Alexey
    Saint-Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation, Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
    Upper Bound on Overall Delay in Wireless Broadband Networks with Non Real-Time Traffic2010Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 114.
    Andreev, Sergey
    et al.
    St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, Bolshaya Morskaya street, 67, 190000, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation.
    Turlikov, Andrey
    St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, Bolshaya Morskaya street, 67, 190000, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation.
    Vinel, Alexey
    St. Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, Vasilievsky Island, Birjevaja Linija, 4, 199034, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation.
    Contention-Based Polling Efficiency in Broadband Wireless Networks2008In: Analytical and Stochastic Modeling Techniques and Applications: 15th International Conference, ASMTA 2008 Nicosia, Cyprus, June 4-6, 2008 Proceedings / [ed] Khalid Al-Begain, Armin Heindl, Miklós Telek, Berlin: Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2008, p. 295-309Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper addresses the performance of the contention-based polling techniques at the bandwidth reservation stage of IEEE 802.16 standard. A general proposition is proved, which establishes that the grouping of users in the random multiple access system does not change its capacity. Broadcast and multicast polling mechanisms are then considered, for which the throughput and the rate of the truncated binary exponential backoff algorithm are calculated for the lossy and the lossless system types, respectively. It is shown, that subject to proper optimization the performance of the aforementioned algorithm is the same for both system types. The efficiency of the symmetric user grouping is finally studied, which demonstrates that a negligible performance gain may be achieved for the cost of the increased IEEE 802.16 overhead.

  • 115.
    Andreev, Sergey
    et al.
    Saint-Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
    Turlikov, Andrey
    Saint-Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
    Vinel, Alexey
    Saint-Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation, Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
    Symmetric User Grouping for Multicast and Broadcast Polling in IEEE 802.16 Networks2008In: Selected Lectures on Multiple Access and Queueing Systems: Revised Selected Papers from International Workshop on Multiple Access Communications - MACOM-2008 (16-17 June 2008, Saint-Petersburg) / [ed] Vladimir Vishnevsky, Alexey Vinel, Yevgeni Koucheryavy & Dirk Staehle, Saint-Petersburg: Saint-Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation , 2008, p. 52-62Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper we address the bandwidth reservation in IEEE 802.16 standard via multicast and broadcast polling mechanisms. It is shown that symmetric user grouping with the same QoS requirements does not change the capacity of the random multiple access system. Binary exponential backoff protocol is then investigated as it is standardized for both multicast and broadcast polling. We establish that symmetric user grouping does not essentially increase the performance of this protocol.

  • 116.
    Andreev, Sergey
    et al.
    Saint-Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
    Vinel, Alexey
    Saint-Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
    Gilbert-Elliot Model Parameters Derivation for the IEEE 802.11 Wireless Channel2007In: Distributed Computer and Communication Networks. Theory and Applications: Proceedings of the International Workshop. Vol.1. Moscow, Russia, September 10-12, 2007, Moscow: Institute for Information Transmission Problems (Kharkevich Institute) , 2007, p. 101-107Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 117. Andreou, Charalambos
    et al.
    Paccagnella, A.
    González-Castaño, D.M.
    Gómez, F.
    Liberali, V.
    Prokofiev, Alexander V.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Applied Nuclear Physics.
    Calligaro, C.
    Javanainen, A.
    Virtanen, A.
    Nahmad, D.
    Georgiou, J.
    A Subthreshold, Low-Power, RHBD Reference Circuit, for Earth Observation and Communication Satellites2015In: Circuits and Systems (ISCAS), 2015 IEEE International Symposium on, 2015, p. 2245-2248Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A low-power, wide temperature range, radiation tolerant CMOS voltage reference is presented. The proposed reference circuit exhibits a voltage deviation of 0.8mV for 3-MeV protons total ionization dose of 2Mrad and a voltage deviation of 3.8mV for 10-keV X-rays total ionization dose of 4Mrad while being biased at the nominal supply voltage of 0.75V during X-ray irradiation. In addition, the circuit consumes only 4 mu W and exhibits a measured Temperature Drift of 15ppm/degrees C for a temperature range of 190 degrees C (-60 degrees C to 130 degrees C) at the supply voltage of 0.75V. It utilizes only CMOS transistors, operating in the subthreshold regime, and poly-silicon resistors without using any diodes or external components such as compensating capacitors. The circuit is radiation hardened by design (RHBD), it was fabricated using TowerJazz Semiconductor's 0.18 mu m standard CMOS technology and occupies a silicon area of 0.039mm(2). The proposed voltage reference is suitable for high-precision and low-power space applications.

  • 118.
    André, Johan
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Teleinformatics.
    Automated test procedure for GSM Over-The-Air SIM file management1999Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Developments of new Servers for Over-the-Air SIM file management and SIM Toolkit applications require a comprehensive test procedure to verify their operation. The goal of this Master Thesis has been to improve the existing test procedure and if possible develop a new procedure that could make the tests more efficient.

    Measurements showed that the most time consuming parts of the existing procedure were latencies in the GSM network and manual operations.

    Two major questions had to be handled if it was possible to fully automate the manual test procedure and if an application that reduced the latencies in GSM network would be efficient. This report indicates that it wasn't worth the effort to introduce such an automated test procedure since the extra workload was not in proportion to the benefits.

    In order to improve the performance due to the latencies in the GSM network an application that reduced this latency was implemented. This application made it possible to transfer Short Messages directly to the SIM-card without passing through the GSM network or through the mobile phone. With the new procedure the time for existing test procedure was reduced by as much as 65%.

  • 119.
    Angelakis, Vangelis
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Communications and Transport Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Avgouleas, Ioannis
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Communications and Transport Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Pappas, Nikolaos
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Communications and Transport Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Fitzgerald, Emma
    Lund University, Sweden.
    Yuan, Di
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Communications and Transport Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. University of Maryland, MD 20742 USA.
    Allocation of Heterogeneous Resources of an IoT Device to Flexible Services2016In: IEEE Internet of Things Journal, ISSN 2327-4662, Vol. 3, no 5, p. 691-700Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices can be equipped with multiple heterogeneous network interfaces. An overwhelmingly large amount of services may demand some or all of these interfaces available resources. Herein, we present a precise mathematical formulation of assigning services to interfaces with heterogeneous resources in one or more rounds. For reasonable instance sizes, the presented formulation produces optimal solutions for this computationally hard problem. We prove the NP-completeness of the problem and develop two algorithms to approximate the optimal solution for big instance sizes. The first algorithm allocates the most demanding service requirements first, considering the average cost of interfaces resources. The second one calculates the demanding resource shares and allocates the most demanding of them first by choosing randomly among equally demanding shares. Finally, we provide simulation results giving insight into services splitting over different interfaces for both cases.

  • 120.
    Angelakis, Vangelis
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Communications and Transport Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Avgouleas, Ioannis
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Communications and Transport Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Pappas, Nikolaos
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Communications and Transport Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Yuan, Di
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Communications and Transport Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Flexible allocation of heterogeneous resources to services on an IoT device2015In: 2015 IEEE Conference on Computer Communications Workshops (INFOCOM WKSHPS), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2015, p. 99-100Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In the Internet of Things (IoT), devices and gateways may be equipped with multiple, heterogeneous network interfaces which should be utilized by a large number of services. In this work, we model the problem of assigning services' resource demands to a device's heterogeneous interfaces and give a Mixed Integer Linear Program (MILP) formulation for it. For meaningful instance sizes the MILP model gives optimal solutions to the presented computationally-hard problem. We provide insightful results discussing the properties of the results on the properties of the derived solutions with respect to the splitting of services to different interfaces.

  • 121.
    Angelakis, Vangelis
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Communications and Transport Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Efrat, Alon
    University of Arizona, AZ 85721 USA.
    Packer, Eli
    IBM Research Haifa, Israel.
    Polishchuk, Valentin
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Communications and Transport Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Sedov, Leonid
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Communications and Transport Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    BBTM: New life for old ATM2016In: 2016 IEEE/AIAA 35TH DIGITAL AVIONICS SYSTEMS CONFERENCE (DASC), IEEE , 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper investigates algorithmic questions related to the possibility of managing UAV traffic with beacon-based navigation, which we dub BBTM - Beacon-Based Traffic Management. The specific problem addressed is: How to install the minimum number of beacons in a mountainous terrain to ensure connectivity among a given set of UAS terminals on the terrain? BBTM is relevant for low-cost UAVs operating in remote areas not on time-critical missions, and may also be used as a backup system for better-equipped UAS in case the precise positioning or control information is lost, spoofed or jammed. We give algorithms for the beacon tower placement and evaluate their performance both on synthetic and real-world terrain data; the experiments suggest that our solutions can be used to efficiently quantify costs of establishing direct-visibility routing networks for UAS management.

  • 122.
    Angeles Piña, Carlos
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS.
    Distribution of Context Information using the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)2008Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Context-aware applications are applications that exploit knowledge of the situation of the user (i.e. the user’s context) to adapt their behavior, thus helping the user achieve his or her daily tasks. Today, the transfer of context information needs to take place over unreliable and dynamically changing networks. Moreover context information may be produced in different devices connected to different networks. These difficulties have limited the development of context-aware applications. This thesis presents a context distribution method exploiting the event notification mechanisms of the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), aiming to provide access to context information regardless of where it is produced.

    The context distribution component presented in this thesis uses SIP for Instant Messaging and Presence Leveraging Extensions (SIMPLE) to enable context sharing by using a SIP presence server, specifically the SIP Express Router (SER) and its presence module. This context distribution component allows distribution of context information in both synchronous and asynchronous mode. The distribution mode depends on the application requirements for context distribution, as well as the nature and characteristics of the contextinformation. In this thesis, based on system scalability, the user’s mobility, and latency - recommendations are given about in which situations each mode is more suitable for distributing context information.

    The system was evaluated using a load generator. The evaluation revealed that the server is highly scalable. The response time for synchronous retrieval of context information is nearly constant, while in asynchronous mode the time to process a subscription increases with the amount of information in the database regarding previous subscriptions. Notifications are sent at a regular rate (≈2800 notifications per second); however there is a purposely random delay (0 to 1 second), between an update of context information (i.e. receipt of a publish message) and the start of notifications to subscribed users.

    The requirements of the context-aware applications using the distribution component, such as response time, have to be taken into account when deciding upon the mode of context distribution for each application. This thesis provides some empirical data to help an application developer make this selection.

  • 123. Ansari, A.
    et al.
    Jaumard, B.
    Cavdar, Cicek
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS, Radio Systems Laboratory (RS Lab).
    Energy optimization of a cellular network with minimum bit-rate guarantee2017In: 2017 15th International Symposium on Modeling and Optimization in Mobile, Ad Hoc, and Wireless Networks, WiOpt 2017, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2017, article id 7959933Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Energy optimization in cellular networks has been studied using different perspectives in the literature: sleep patterns, network interference, association of users and base stations, resource allocation of resources (bandwidth and power), etc. All these means have been discussed individually in previous works. However, none of the existing works has succeeded in proposing an exact mathematical model that takes into account several of these parameters simultaneously. In this article, we propose a first exact modelling of several network parameters and their interaction in order to minimize the energy consumption in a LTE cellular network. The optimization model guarantees to satisfy all the users with a minimum quality of service (data rate). Its exact solution allows energy savings of up to 50% in a moderately loaded network, which leads to energy savings up to twice that of the heuristic proposed by Piunti et al., (2015). Various numerical results are presented on hexagonal and randomly generated cellular networks.

  • 124. Antichi, Gianni
    et al.
    Castro, Ignacio
    Chiesa, Marco
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Communication Systems, CoS, Network Systems Laboratory (NS Lab). Université catholique de Louvain.
    Fernandes, Eder L.
    Lapeyrade, Remy
    Kopp, Daniel
    Han, Jong Hun
    Bruyere, Marc
    Dietzel, Christoph
    Gusat, Mitchell
    Moore, Andrew W.
    Owezarski, Philippe
    Uhlig, Steve
    Canini, Marco
    ENDEAVOUR: A Scalable SDN Architecture For Real-World IXPs2017In: IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, ISSN 0733-8716, E-ISSN 1558-0008, Vol. 35, no 11, p. 2553-2562Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Innovation in interdomain routing has remained stagnant for over a decade. Recently, Internet eXchange Points (IXPs) have emerged as economically-advantageous interconnection points for reducing path latencies and exchanging ever increasing traffic volumes among, possibly, hundreds of networks. Given their far-reaching implications on interdomain routing, IXPs are the ideal place to foster network innovation and extend the benefits of software defined networking (SDN) to the interdomain level. In this paper, we present, evaluate, and demonstrate ENDEAVOUR, an SDN platform for IXPs. ENDEAVOUR can be deployed on a multi-hop IXP fabric, supports a large number of use cases, and is highly scalable, while avoiding broadcast storms. Our evaluation with real data from one of the largest IXPs, demonstrates the benefits and scalability of our solution: ENDEAVOUR requires around 70% fewer rules than alternative SDN solutions thanks to our rule partitioning mechanism. In addition, by providing an open source solution, we invite everyone from the community to experiment (and improve) our implementation as well as adapt it to new use cases.

  • 125.
    Antoja Lleonart, Guillem
    Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
    New Generation 4-Channel GNSS Receiver: Design, Production, and Testing2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Due to the current research needs and the lack of commercial multi-channel, multi-constellation GNSS receivers, a two-board solution has been developed so it can be mated with and take advantage of the processing power of the FPGA board branded as MicroZed.

    In order to achieve the proposed goals, an initial phase for assessing and updating the older design, building, and testing of SiGe modules (including both the electronics and casings) has been carried out. The results included demonstrate performances at logging GPS-L1 data with similar C/N0 and AGC values as the previous versions of the modules and offering navigation solutions with accuracies of a few meters. Secondly, a first iteration and design proposal for the new generation receiver has been proposed for GPS and GLONASS L1 and L2, which has been manufactured and tested. Partial tests have been performed due to the flaws of the current revision of the MicroZed Board in regards to its communication peripherals, and the results have validated the receiver’s design provided certain modifications are considered for future iterations. Furthermore, voltage and frequency tests have provided results with an error of less than 7%, and signal tests have provided C/N0 values similar to those of the SiGe modules of around 47[dB-Hz] which will be a useful baseline for future iterations. Finally, a design proposal for an Interface Board used between the older NT1065_PMOD Board and other FPGA boards carrying the standardized FMC connectors has been added to the report and negotiations with manufacturers have been engaged.

  • 126.
    Apanasevic, Tatjana
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS, Radio Systems Laboratory (RS Lab). KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Centres, Center for Wireless Systems, Wireless@kth.
    Barriers to further commercialization of NFC pilots in Western Europe2013In: The Second International Cashless Society Roundtable (ICSR) / [ed] Fergal Carton and Jonas Hedman, 2013, p. 39-41Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A mobile payment can be performed in various ways. For example, the Near Field Technology (NFC) integrated with mobile devices provides an opportunity of a contactless mobile payment. However, it is not only payment. The NFC can further expand functionality of mobile phones and enrich consumer experience. Indeed, added value services created by the NFC include mobile ticketing, loyalty applications, smart advertisement, informational service, physical and logical access, and other functionalities.

    However, despite NFC potential to create added value we cannot witness its wide penetration and global spread unless some successful solutions are implemented on a national level. The research aims to define the barriers preventing NFC pilots from entering commercialization stage in Western Europe. Commercialization of NFC mobile solutions needs to overcome a range of barriers and obstacles predefined by macro- and micro-environmental conditions, and individual factors related to consumers, which are analized in this research.

  • 127.
    Apanasevic, Tatjana
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS, Radio Systems Laboratory (RS Lab). KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Centres, Center for Wireless Systems, Wireless@kth.
    Challenges Related to the Introduction of Innovative Services in the Market: Mobile Payment Services in the Swedish Retail Industry2015Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Mobile payment services are expected to be the next step of the electronic payment evolution. However, the level of penetration in European countries is lower than expected. The focus of most academic research has been in two main areas: (i) mobile payment adoption by consumers and (ii) technical aspects of the service. Consequently, a number of themes remain under-researched. In order to expand knowledge on reasons that affect the wider penetration of mobile payments, challenges related to the introduction of mobile payment services in the market have been explored in this thesis.

    More specifically, this research has addressed two problem areas: (i) why mobile payments have not been widely adopted by merchants; and (ii) what effects that the introduction of mobile payments has had on the business networks of the involved actors. As an example, we use the mobile payment services applied in the Swedish retail industry. The study is focused on the main groups of stakeholders – the mobile payment providers, the retailers, and the consumers.

    First, this study has helped to identify what different stakeholders expect of mobile payments and how these services correspond to their needs. In order to analyse the expectations of stakeholders, we have developed an analysis framework based on the theory of diffusion of innovations, the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM), and the theory of network externalities. The analysis highlights the expectations of stakeholders and helps to understand what kind of mobile payment service merchants expect and are willing to adopt. One key finding is that existing mobile payment services for retailing could be further improved in order to ensure an enhanced purchasing process for consumers.

    Second, the research has explored the impact of mobile payment services on the business networks. In order to analyse the relationships and cooperation between business actors, and changes in business strategy and network structure, we used the approach proposed by the Industrial Marketing and Purchasing (IMP) Group. The performed analysis illustrates the following changes in the structure of business networks for the traditional payment solutions (bank cards): (i) emergence of new business actors (i.e. independent mobile payment providers); (ii) new roles and activities of business actors; and (iii) exclusion of traditional business actors (i.e. banks) from the mobile payment systems.

    All these changes lead to increased complexity of relationships and increased level of interdependence between business actors within the networks. The following changes in the strategies of involved actors have been identified: (i) mobile payment providers seek to achieve a control over the business network; (ii) the retailers affect strategies of the mobile payment providers; (iii) the marketing strategies of business actors include cross-marketing in different sectors. All these changes result in additional value and enhanced quality of service for consumers.

    In order to analyse a complex and multidisciplinary area such as mobile payments, it is beneficial to use more than one analysis approach. A combination of different complementing methods helps to explore different aspects of the phenomenon and provides a more comprehensive overview of several research aspects.

    This work contributes to the academic research of mobile payment service adoption by merchants through proposing a theoretical analysis framework. More specifically, the research addresses a new area – expectations of retailers when new solutions are introduced. The framework consists of the following criteria and aspects: technological feasibility, economic benefits, lower service costs, added value of services, network externalities and the problem of critical mass, and finally, ease of use. This framework helps to identify what merchants can expect of mobile payment services.

    Another area of contribution is the analysis of the effect that mobile payments make on the actors and business networks of traditional payment services. The introduction of new services results in emergence of new business actors, a need to establish new relationships, and increased complexity of a business network. Moreover, in order to succeed, cooperation between all network actors is needed. As a result, business actors have to adjust their services and strategies according to needs of others.

  • 128.
    Apanasevic, Tatjana
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS, Radio Systems Laboratory (RS Lab). KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Centres, Center for Wireless Systems, Wireless@kth.
    Obstacles to investments in mobile payments: The perspective of merchants: Work in progress2013Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The main objective of the ongoing research is to investigate obstacles and driving forces affecting merchants’ decision to invest in mobile payment solutions. The core aim of this paper is to present initial results of a desktop analysis revealing the current market situation, identifying main players, and estimating the structure of investment costs. In order to do that available secondary information was analyzed.

    The conducted analysis served to identify market fragmentation existing in the Swedish market due to existence of a number of competing mobile payment solutions. Another finding allows making conclusion, that retailers select to adopt already existing solutions, rather than developing own. Finally, the size of an organization and financial resources are important when making a decision to invest in a new payment solution.

  • 129.
    Apanasevic, Tatjana
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Communication Systems, CoS.
    Opportunities and challenges of mobile payment services: The perspective of service providers2018Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

     Mobile payments are transforming the payments industry. These services open up the opportunity for non-banking actors to enter the market. In order to embrace this challenge, banks, traditional payments market players, are forced to launch mobile payments. However, in Europe and most developed economies, a big number of launched services get terminated soon after their introduction in the market. Hence, the ability of different actors to act locally calls for additional research.

    The main objective of this thesis is to broaden knowledge and understanding about the ways mobile payment service providers address the opportunities and challenges of mobile payment services. In order to investigate this problem, this research (i) explores factors stimulating and hindering the introduction of mobile payments using perspectives of different types of service providers (i.e., banks, independent providers, direct operator billing providers, retailers, and public transport companies) and (ii) seeks to explain the importance of these factors for each type of provider.

    The primary data collected using interview method. More than 40 industry representatives in six countries were contacted. The Service, Technology, Organisation, and Finance (STOF) model was used as a theoretical research framework. This is a business modelling framework that specifies a set of critical design issues that have to  be considered within each model’s domain.

    Research findings highlight that the organisation domain is the key domain, which  affects all other domains and has an impact on the general viability of the business model. A comparison of the approaches used by different service providers to address each of the critical design issues helped to identify the factors that are most important within each domain. These factors stimulate or hinder development of a viable business model within each category of service providers.

    This research contributes to a better understanding of challenges and success factors associated with the design of business models for new mobile services and uses the lens of the STOF model. The contributions to the academic research on mobile payments are: (i) collection and analysis of a rich empirical data set on mobile payment services implemented in six Northern European countries, (ii) discussion of a bigger picture by connecting research findings to the context of the existing payment system, (iii) extension  of knowledge on business models for mobile ticketing, and (iv) extension of knowledge on the value of mobile ticketing services in the business-to-business (B2B) context.

  • 130.
    Apanasevic, Tatjana
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Communication Systems, CoS.
    Markendahl, Jan
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Communication Systems, CoS, Radio Systems Laboratory (RS Lab).
    Mobile ticketing services in the Northern Europe: Critical business model issues2018In: Internet of Things Business Models, Users, and Networks, 2017 / [ed] Morten Falch, Copenhagen, Denmark: IEEE, 2018, p. 1-8Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Started as SMS ticketing, today, mobile ticketing services become a platform for combined mobility solutions that integrate mobile ticketing, bike renting, car sharing, and parking payment services. Mobile ticketing services provide a number of benefits for public transport companies and passengers, however, in some Northern European countries, the share of mobile ticket sales does not exceed 10 percent. In this paper, we analyse business models of three types of mobile ticketing services (SMS, in-app, and “Be-In Be-Out” (BIBO)) in order to identify factors that negatively affect wider penetration of mobile ticketing. In order to do so, we use STOF (Service, Technology, Organisation, and Finance) model. The research reveals that there are a number of challenges related to service, technology, and finance domains of mobile ticketing. Due to this, with the help of price policy, many public transport companies push choices of their customers towards use of plastic travel card.

  • 131.
    Apanasevic, Tatjana
    et al.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS, Radio Systems Laboratory (RS Lab). KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Centres, Center for Wireless Systems, Wireless@kth.
    Markendahl, Jan
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Centres, Center for Wireless Systems, Wireless@kth. KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS, Radio Systems Laboratory (RS Lab).
    The mobile payment in retail: Teaching case summary2013In: The 29th Annual IMP Conference (IMP2013) proceedings: Building and Managing Relationships in a Global Network: Challenges and Necessary Capabilities / [ed] Minna Rollins and Brian Rutherford, IMP Group, 2013Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The case is written for master level students from business, commerce, and technical areas having some background in strategic marketing and management. The work over case implies a group work and a discussion of a strategy behind taken decision.

    THE OBJECTIVES OF THE CASE

    The main objective of the case is to gain practical skills in and better understanding of decision making in the circumstances of market uncertainty. The decision making process requires analysis of company’s core competences (Collis and Montgomery, 2008), market forces (Porter, 1996; Porter, 2008), and understanding of consumer needs. Students should apply different analysis frameworks in order to develop a strategy improving company’s competitive advantage and leveraging opportunities provided by a new technology, namely a new mobile payment solution. In addition, a consumer-centered thinking should lead to a suggestion of a bundle of attractive added values services build on top of mobile payment solution.

  • 132.
    Apanasevic, Tatjana
    et al.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS, Radio Systems Laboratory (RS Lab). KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Centres, Center for Wireless Systems, Wireless@kth.
    Markendahl, Jan
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Centres, Center for Wireless Systems, Wireless@kth. KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS, Radio Systems Laboratory (RS Lab).
    Arvidsson, Niklas
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Entrepreneurship and innovation.
    An exploratory study of consumer attitudes towards mobile ticketing in Sweden2013In: 24th European Regional Conference of the International Telecommunications Society: Technology, Investment and Uncertainty, ITS , 2013Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Swedish public transport organizations have set an objective to double usage of the public transport during the next coming five years. This study attempts to investigate if the current ticket solutions support the goal of the public transport companies, and if the available mobile phone solutions can lower barriers for consumers. In order to do that, critical travelling moments for users of different market segments were estimated during a pre-study stage. The following focus group discussions helped to validate problems identified during the pre-study. At the same time, focus groups provided deeper consumer insights on general consumer perception of the transport service, ticketing, mobile payment, quality of service, consumer expectations related to the public transport services, and consumer satisfaction and loyalty.

    The conducted research helped to identify problems existing in public transport ticketing and mobile payment areas, which have the negative impact on the usage of the public transport service and contribute with additional barriers for users. Moreover, this conclusion is supported by multiple examples that clearly illustrate what does not work, and why it does not work. Hence, mentioned solutions do not support the overall objective of the public transport operators. The comprehension of these problems and barriers can contribute to a better understanding of consumer needs and expectations, and help the public transport service providers to improve the service.

  • 133. Apolonia, N.
    et al.
    Freitag, F.
    Navarro, L.
    Girdzijauskas, Sarunas
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Software and Computer systems, SCS.
    Vlassov, Vladimir
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Software and Computer systems, SCS.
    Gossip-based service monitoring platform for wireless edge cloud computing2017In: Proceedings of the 2017 IEEE 14th International Conference on Networking, Sensing and Control, ICNSC 2017, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2017, p. 789-794, article id 8000191Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Edge cloud computing proposes to support shared services, by using the infrastructure at the network's edge. An important problem is the monitoring and management of services across the edge environment. Therefore, dissemination and gathering of data is not straightforward, differing from the classic cloud infrastructure. In this paper, we consider the environment of community networks for edge cloud computing, in which the monitoring of cloud services is required. We propose a monitoring platform to collect near real-time data about the services offered in the community network using a gossip-enabled network. We analyze and apply this gossip-enabled network to perform service discovery and information sharing, enabling data dissemination among the community. We implemented our solution as a prototype and used it for collecting service monitoring data from the real operational community network cloud, as a feasible deployment of our solution. By means of emulation and simulation we analyze in different scenarios, the behavior of the gossip overlay solution, and obtain average results regarding information propagation and consistency needs, i.e. in high latency situations, data convergence occurs within minutes.

  • 134.
    Appelgren, Filiph
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Electricity.
    Power System Software Development: with possible SCADA System Integration2014Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In order for power system operators (such as TRANSCO) to maintain and operatethe transmission grid in a safe, secure and effcient way, automatic tools such asSCADA systems is necessary to meet demand at all times. The main purpose of thisthesis was to develop a software/prototype at the load despatch centre at TRANSCOwith the ability to monitor and communicate with power plants. The software issupposed to work in a real-time electronic market. The power plant operators candeclare their availability and capability parameters of their generating and producingunits to TRANSCO and LDC operators can send load despatch instructions to thepower plants (such as load changes and other ancillary instructions). The prototypealso has a compliance monitoring application that validates unit outputs againstdespatched instructions. If the output is outside a specific interval, a transgressionwarning is sent to the power plant informing them that they should adjust their unitoutput against the target load. If further transgression is continued, the operator atLDC can re-declare the units availability on the power plants behalf and issue a newload despatch instruction to the unit. The re-declared availability level will be valid allthe way back to when the unit issued the last availability declaration.The software was successfully developed and could perform all tasks that it wassupposed to in a satisfactory way. In order to make the development as sufficient andeffective as possible, a "dummy" power plant was created and was used to simulateunit outputs and plant operator behaviour. As the time was too short, the SCADAintegration was never investigated and was left to whom is taken over after this thesishas ended.

  • 135. Araldo, Andrea
    et al.
    Dan, Gyorgy
    Rossi, Dario
    Caching Encrypted Content Via Stochastic Cache Partitioning2018In: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, ISSN 1063-6692, E-ISSN 1558-2566, Vol. 26, no 1, p. 548-561Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In-network caching is an appealing solution to cope with the increasing bandwidth demand of video, audio, and data transfer over the Internet. Nonetheless, in order to protect consumer privacy and their own business, content providers (CPs) increasingly deliver encrypted content, thereby preventing Internet service providers (ISPs) from employing traditional caching strategies, which require the knowledge of the objects being transmitted. To overcome this emerging tussle between security and efficiency, in this paper we propose an architecture in which the ISP partitions the cache space into slices, assigns each slice to a different CP, and lets the CPs remotely manage their slices. This architecture enables transparent caching of encrypted content and can be deployed in the very edge of the ISP's network (i.e., base stations and femtocells), while allowing CPs to maintain exclusive control over their content. We propose an algorithm, called SDCP, for partitioning the cache storage into slices so as to maximize the bandwidth savings provided by the cache. A distinctive feature of our algorithm is that ISPs only need to measure the aggregated miss rates of each CP, but they need not know the individual objects that are requested. We prove that the SDCP algorithm converges to a partitioning that is close to the optimal, and we bound its optimality gap. We use simulations to evaluate SDCP's convergence rate under stationary and nonstationary content popularity. Finally, we show that SDCP significantly outperforms traditional reactive caching techniques, considering both CPs with perfect and with imperfect knowledge of their content popularity.

  • 136. Aramrattana, Maytheewat
    et al.
    Larsson, Tony
    Jansson, Jonas
    Dimensions of Cooperative Driving, ITS and Automation2015In: Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV), 2015Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 137.
    Aramrattana, Maytheewat
    et al.
    Halmstad University, School of Information Technology, Halmstad Embedded and Intelligent Systems Research (EIS), Centre for Research on Embedded Systems (CERES). The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI), Linköping, Sweden.
    Larsson, Tony
    Halmstad University, School of Information Technology, Halmstad Embedded and Intelligent Systems Research (EIS), Centre for Research on Embedded Systems (CERES).
    Jansson, Jonas
    The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI), Linköping, Sweden.
    Nåbo, Arne
    The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI), Linköping, Sweden.
    Extended Driving Simulator for Evaluation of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems2016In: SIGSIM-PADS '16: Proceedings of the 2016 annual ACM Conference on SIGSIM Principles of Advanced Discrete Simulation, New York: ACM Digital Library, 2016, p. 255-278Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Vehicles in cooperative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS) often need to interact with each other in order to achieve their goals, safe and efficient transport services. Since human drivers are still expected to be involved in C-ITS, driving simulators are appropriate tools for evaluation of the C-ITS functions. However, driving simulators often simplify the interactions or influences from the ego vehicle on the traffic. Moreover, they normally do not support vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) communication, which is the main enabler for C-ITS. Therefore, to increase the C-ITS evaluation capability, a solution on how to extend a driving simulator with traffic and network simulators to handle cooperative systems is presented as a result of this paper. Evaluation of the result using two use cases is presented. And, the observed limitations and challenges of the solution are reported and discussed. © 2016 ACM, Inc.

  • 138.
    Arcos, Alejandro
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS.
    A context-aware application offering map orientation2010Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In this thesis context refers to information about the environment (the user or entity's surroundings) that can influence and determine the behavior of a computing system. Context-awareness means that the computer can adapt to the situation in which it is working. Context is a key issue in mobile computing, especially with handheld devices (such as PDAs and mobile phones), due to the fact that they can be used while on the move; hence the environment around them can change. The environment of a static device may also change and require the device to adapt. Applications and systems that exploit context by both sensing and reacting to their environment are called context-aware applications. Devices that are context-aware are able to perceive stimuli and react accordingly, with minimal interaction with the user.

    Providing context-aware services to users of mobile devices via context-aware applications is becoming an important and significant factor in the market and is a developing industry. In this thesis we analyze and develop an application that exploits context to provide a service that improves the interaction between humans and a computer. The thesis begins with a study of what types of sensors are available to provide information about the device's context. This is followed by the design of an appropriate way of using the selected sensor (ecompass) to provide a means of adapting a service to the user's and device's context. The focus is every day activities of a student at a university - specifically finding the location of a meeting room for a seminar; however, similar scenarios exist for other types of users.

    After determining that it was feasible to add a e-compass as a sensor to an existing personal digital assistant and to provide a map to the mobile user, the focus of the thesis shifted to an examination of the performance of the adaptation of the map as the user moved the device. Initially it required excessive time to render the map on the device, thus as the user moved the device the map was not updated quickly enough for the user to know their correct orientation with respect to the map. Therefore the thesis project examined how this performance could be improved sufficiently that the rendering would keep up with the change in orientation of the device. This investigation lead to a shift from server based rendering of the map as an image, followed by the transfer of the image to the device for display; to a sending a scalable vector graphics version of the map to the device for local rendering. While initially this was expected to be much faster than transferring an image for an actual map of the building where this work was taking place the local rendering was actually slower. This subsequently lead to server based pruning of the irrelevant details from the map, then a transfer of the relevant portion of the map to the device, followed by local rendering.

  • 139.
    Ardelius, John
    et al.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication: Services and Infrastucture, Software and Computer Systems, SCS.
    Meji­as, B.
    Modeling the performance of ring based DHTs in the presence of network address translators2011In: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, ISSN 0302-9743, E-ISSN 1611-3349, Vol. 6723, p. 15-28Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Dealing with Network Address Translators (NATs) is a central problem in many peer-to-peer applications on the Internet today. However, most analytical models of overlay networks assume the underlying network to be a complete graph, an assumption that might hold in evaluation environments such as PlanetLab but turns out to be simplistic in practice. In this work we introduce an analytical network model where a fraction of the communication links are unavailable due to NATs. We investigate how the topology induced by the model affects the performance of ring based DHTs. We quantify two main performance issues induced by NATs namely large lookup inconsistencies and increased break-up probability, and suggest how theses issues can be addressed. The model is evaluated using discrete based simulation for a wide range of parameters.

  • 140.
    Arefi Anbarani, Hossein
    KTH, Superseded Departments, Teleinformatics.
    ATM PON1998Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This document contains the final report of the thesis project: ATM based passive optical networks (ATM PONs). PONs are being tried as a method of extending optical fibres into the access network. PONs offer the ability of sharing the transmission costs of the access network amongst a large number of customers by allowing fibre and bandwidth sharing via passive optical splitters. ITU-T recommendation G.983 defines a specification for ATM based PONs. An SDL model was used in the project to investigate the possibility of using the Ericsson ATM switch (AXD 301) as the head-end in a G.983 compliant PON (i.e., the OLT). Also some simulations was made, using SDT. The results indicated that the ATM switch could very well serve as an OLT (by addition of a connection board). It was concluded that although the complexity of the system is quite high (caused by the TDMA technique used), it is a feasible solution. A techno-economical analysis made in the initial part of this project indicates that PONs are too expensive for deployment in the near future, compared to enhanced copper networks using xDSL technology. However, new applications could boost demand for high bandwidth sooner than expected. In any case, PONs (except in the FTTH configuration) constitute a natural upgrade for enhanced copper networks.

  • 141.
    Arguello Baltodano, Maria Jimena
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS.
    Mesh-Relay with MRC in 802.16j Networks2010Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Multi-hop relay networks are a recent trend in WiMAX 802.16j networks. Many studies on the viability of relay stations have been done. It shows that RS are good cost-effective solution to the increasing demands on wireless broadband services. One problem that faces the 802.16j standard is its topology. It is a tree based multi-hop relay network, which is very vulnerable to single point breakage. This thesis proposes a new robust pairing technique in 802.16j network; combining a mesh topology with maximal ratio combining at the access link. Maximal ratio combining takes advantage of the broadcast nature of relay stations to obtain diversity gain. Mesh topology is a more robust topology without increasing delay or decreasing throughput. Maximal ratio combining provides higher throughput per burst, together a total throughput is increase 5% per frame is achieved.

  • 142.
    Aria, Erfan
    Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Communications and Transport Systems. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
    Investigation of automated vehicle effects on driver’s behavior and traffic performance2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) offer the possibility of helping drivers to fulfill their driving tasks. Automated vehicles are capable of communicating with surrounding vehicles (V2V) and infrastructure (V2I) in order to collect and provide essential information about driving environment. Studies have proved that automated vehicles have a potential to decrease traffic congestion on road networks by reducing the time headway, enhancing the traffic capacity and improving the safety margins in car following. Furthermore, vehicle movement and driver’s behavior of conventional vehicles will be affected by the presence of automated vehicles in traffic networks. Despite different encouraging factors, automated driving raises some concerns such as possible loss of situation awareness, overreliance on automation and degrading driving skills in absence of practice. Moreover, coping with complex scenarios, such as merging at ramps and overtaking, in terms of interaction between automated vehicles and conventional vehicles need more research. This thesis work aims to investigate the effects of automated vehicles on driver’s behavior and traffic performance. A broad literature review in the area of driving simulators and psychological studies was performed to examine the automated vehicle effects on driver’s behavior. Findings from the literature survey, which has been served as setup values in the simulation study of the current work, reveal that the conventional vehicles, which are driving close to the platoon of automated vehicles with short time headway, tend to reduce their time headway and spend more time under their critical time headway. Additionally, driving highly automated vehicles is tedious in a long run, reduce situation awareness and can intensify driver drowsiness, exclusively in light traffic. In order to investigate the influences of automated vehicles on traffic performance, a microscopic simulation case study consisting of different penetration rates of automated vehicles (0, 50 and 100 percentages) was conducted in VISSIM software. The scenario network is a three-lane autobahn segment of 2.9 kilometers including an off-ramp, on-ramp and a roundabout with some surrounding urban roads. Outputs of the microscopic simulation in this study reveal that the positive effects of automated vehicles on roads are especially highlighted when the network is crowded (e.g. peak hours). This can definitely count as a constructive point for the future of road networks with higher demands. In details, average density of autobahn segment remarkably decreased by 8.09% during p.m. peak hours in scenario with automated vehicles. Besides, Smoother traffic flow with less queue in the weaving segment was observed. Result of the scenario with 50% share of automated vehicles moreover shows a feasible interaction between conventional vehicles and automated vehicles. Meaningful outputs of this case study, based on the input data from literature review, demonstrate the capability of VISSIM software to simulate the presence of automated vehicles in great extent, not only as an automated vehicle scenario but also a share of them, in traffic network. The validity of the output values nonetheless needs future research work on urban and rural roads with different traffic conditions.

  • 143.
    Arias, Jahaivis M.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS, Radio Systems Laboratory (RS Lab).
    Privacy in the context of Smart Home Environments: Based upon a survey of experts2014Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Smart environments, particularly smart homes have become an increasingly popular topic for research and real world implementations. Despite the popularity of this topic, there is a lack of tools to enable inhabitants of smart environments to perceive which kind of data smart devices generate and to make inhabitants aware of who is accessing their personal information and the purpose for accessing this information. These issues have caused privacy concerns among inhabitants of smart environments – who would like to ensure their personal information is only utilized for their benefits, rather than being used for malicious purposes. Therefore, smart home environments motivate the need for privacy awareness tools to help inhabitants to better understand the privacy implications when their personal information is misused. To address this problem, this thesis suggests guidelines for the design of privacy awareness tools.

    A literature review evaluated instruments to conduct research about privacy concerns. The Internet Users’ Information Privacy Concerns (IUIPC) framework from Malhotra, Kim, and Agarwal was selected for the empirical part of this thesis project because it is one of the most reliable models developed to measure privacy concerns at the individual level. Quantitative data was gathered through a survey based on this framework. Data collected from 30 experts in the field of study was analyzed using linear regression analysis techniques and principal component analysis.

    These survey results lead to a set of guidelines that could guide designers and service providers as to what aspects of privacy concerns they should consider and what they should concentrate on when designing privacy awareness tools for ubiquitous computing systems, such as a smart home.

  • 144.
    Armendariz, Mikel
    et al.
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Electric Power and Energy Systems.
    Johansson, Christian
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Electric Power and Energy Systems.
    Nordström, Lars
    KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Electric Power and Energy Systems.
    Yunta Huete, Angel
    Unión Fenosa Distribución.
    García Lobo, Miguel
    Gas Natural Fenosa Engineering.
    A Method to Design Optimal Communication Architectures in Advanced Metering Infrastructures2017In: IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution, ISSN 1751-8687, E-ISSN 1751-8695, Vol. 11, no 2, p. 339-346Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper proposes a method to determine the optimal communication architecture in advance metering infrastructures (AMI). The method starts by indicating suitable groups of meters that share similar characteristics such as distance to the secondary substation and mutual proximity. Then it connects each group of meters to the AMI-Head End through a communication architecture formed by wireless and Power Line Communication (PLC) technologies. The optimality criterion takes into account the Capital Expenditures (CAPEX), Operational Expenditures (OPEX) and the Quality of Service (QoS) in the communication architecture. The method is tested on a LV network based on real utility data provided by EU FP7 DISCERN project partners. These tests show that the method is consistent with planning foresight and can be useful to assist in the AMI communication architecture designing process.

  • 145.
    Arshad, Malik Wahaj
    et al.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS. KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Centres, Center for Wireless Systems, Wireless@kth.
    Västberg, Anders
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS, Radio Systems Laboratory (RS Lab). KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Centres, Center for Wireless Systems, Wireless@kth.
    Edler, T.
    Energy efficiency gains through traffic offloading and traffic expansion in joint macro pico deployment2012In: 2012 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC, IEEE Communications Society, 2012, p. 2203-2208Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The traffic demand in future mobile cellular networks is expected to increase exponentially which would lead to dense base station deployment and eventually higher energy consumption. The current dominant mobile systems including GSM and UMTS were not designed with focus on energy efficiency. This paper investigates the energy saving potential of pico nodes in a heterogeneous network from an incumbent operator consideration. The results show that the number of hotspots and the user distribution in the hotspots strongly effects the power saving. Also, sleep modes in pico base stations have shown to reduce the energy loss to almost half. On a day average with limited utilization of pico base station, the heterogeneous network scenario provides marginal saving. The results also show that if the pico base station resources are fully utilized, premium user case, the heterogeneous network scenario can provide substantial reduction in energy per bit.

  • 146.
    Arshad, Malik Wahaj
    et al.
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS. KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Centres, Center for Wireless Systems, Wireless@kth.
    Västberg, Anders
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS. KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Centres, Center for Wireless Systems, Wireless@kth.
    Edler, T.
    Energy efficiency improvement through pico base stations for a green field operator2012In: IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC, IEEE Communications Society, 2012, p. 2197-2202Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Mobile telecommunication operators are now focussing on emerging markets due to the current highly competitive mobile telecommunication sector in established markets. The deployment of wireless mobile infrastructure in these emerging markets or a green field scenario requires an innovative energy efficient approach, which is not feasible in an incumbent operator scenario. This paper describes a combined macro and pico cellular heterogeneous wireless network architecture, and analyses its energy efficiency with respect to variation in inter site distance. The increase in capacity and power saving through sparse network deployment is investigated in terms of area spectral efficiency and area power consumption respectively. The results suggest that the deployment of pico cells along with a traditional cellular network can improve the energy efficiency of the network, as well as provide gains in terms of increased inter site distance. Finally. the indifference curves of Energy Efficiency and number of pico nodes indicate the optimum deployment scheme for multiple area spectral efficiency targets.

  • 147.
    Arumugam Mathivanan, Arun
    KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS.
    MiniSIP as a Plug-in2012Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Internet telephony has rapidly becoming an integral part of life. Due to its low incremental cost and the wide availability of voice over IP (VoIP) based services these services being used by nearly everyone. Today there are many VoIP applications available in the market, but most of them lack basic security features. Because people use VoIP services via public hotspots and shared local area networks these VoIP applications are vulnerable to attacks, such as eavesdropping. Today, there is a great need for VoIP applications with high quality security.

    MiniSIP is an open-source VoIP application platform, initially developed at KTH. High quality security has been a major focus of MiniSIP developments by several students, including the first public implementations of the secure real-time protocol (SRTP) and the Multimedia Key Exchange (MIKEY) protocol. MiniSIP implements secure end-to-end VoIP services. In addition, MiniSIP implements features such as dynamically choosing the most appropriate CODEC during a call, implementing calling policies, etc. However, it suffers from having a complicated GUI that requires the use of many libraries, rendering it both hard to build and hard support – both of which make it unsuitable for commercial purposes.

    Web browser plug-ins are shared libraries that users install to extend the functionality of their browser. For example, a plug-in can be used to display content that the browser itself cannot display natively. For example, Adobe's reader plugin displays PDF files directly within the web browser. Real Network’s Streaming video player utilizes a browser plug-in to provide support for live video streaming within a web page. Adobe’s Flash player plugin is required to load or view any Flash contents – such as video or animations.

    The goal of this thesis project is remove the problem of the existing MiniSIP GUIs by developing a Firefox browser plug-in for the MiniSIP application that will utilize a web-browser based GUI. The prototype that will be designed, implemented, and evaluated will implement an open-source VoIP application that is easy for a Firefox browser user to install and will be easy to use via a web interface. The long term goal is to facilitate an ordinary user to utilize VoIP communication via their web browser. A secondary goal is to re-use the code within MiniSIP, while using the web-browser to provide the GUI.

  • 148.
    Arvidsson, Anna K
    et al.
    Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, Infrastructure, Infrastructure maintenance.
    Lundberg, Thomas
    Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, Infrastructure, Infrastructure maintenance.
    Test av korrektionstjänst för GPS-mottagare vid vägytemätning2012Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    An important factor in the inventory of the road network condition is to be able to geographically position the measurement data at the right place with sufficient accuracy.

    In March 2012, the correction service EPOS, used to provide an improved positioning, was shut down. By the commission of the Swedish Transport Administration, VTI has evaluated whether the free correction service EGNOS, operated by ESA, is possible to be used instead. The answer is yes. No systematic differences in the position data could be observed when using the old and the new correction service.

  • 149.
    Arvidsson, Simon
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science.
    Ekblom, Tobias
    Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science.
    Marknadsplatsapplikation för Android2012Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Målet med examensarbetet är att utveckla en marknadsplatsapplikation för Android. Marknadsplatsapplikationen ska tillhandahålla funktioner för att ge användaren förutsättningar att hitta och ladda ner applikationer över Internet ifrån marknadsplatsens serversida. Marknadsplatsapplikationen kommer likt en tunn klient vara helt beroende av innehåll från en serversida. Vid examensarbetets utförande existerade dock ingen serversida då denna ännu inte var färdigutvecklad.

    För att utveckla marknadsplatsapplikationen utan närvaron av en serversida, implementerades en emulerad serversida som utåt sett hade funktionaliteten av en framtida serversida. En mjukvaruarkitektur implementerades bestående av tre lager: användargränsnitt (GUI), kärnfunktionalitet (Core) och webbkommunikation (WebCom). Syftet med arikitekturen var dels att begränsa inverkan av övergången från en emulerad serversida till en riktig serversida, och dels att avgränsa och avlasta användargränsnittet från tunga operationer för att därigenom uppnå god responsivitet.

    Marknadsplatsapplikationen implementerades med all funktionalitet som planerades. Arkitekturen med tydlig separation mellan GUI, Core ochWebCom, förväntas leda till en smidig övergång till en riktig serversida. Även ett tydligt öde för att hämta och skicka data mellan marknadsplatsapplikationen och serversida förväntas underlätta att implementera ny funktionalitet som är beroende av en serversida. Användargränsnittet uppvisar fortfarande brist på responsivitet. Arkitekturen med endast en asynkron klass GuiWorker, som hanterar exekveringen av tunga operationer på bakgrundstrådar, förväntas dock kunna uppnå ett responsivt användargränsnitt.

  • 150. Arvidsson, Åke
    et al.
    Rydén, Tobias
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Division of Systems and Control. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Automatic control.
    Load transients in pooled cellular core network nodes2015In: Performance evaluation (Print), ISSN 0166-5316, E-ISSN 1872-745X, Vol. 90, p. 18-35Article in journal (Refereed)
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