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Demonstration of the applicability of IPv6 network mobility in the application domains of mountain rescue services, mobile library services and the support of remote network maintenance

The purpose of this demonstrator was to determine how well Mobile IPv6 and the basic network mobility (NEMO) protocol work when utilised in environments that are highly mobile. ULANC identified the domain of mountain rescue services as ideal for this task. Lancaster University is on the border of the English Lake District, which is extremely popular with hikers, fell runners and mountain climbers. In cooperation with the Cockermouth mountain rescue team, we examined the feasibility of using mobile routers to provide them with an on-mountain data networking solution.

Integrating mobile router technology into the existing mountain rescue operational procedures was very challenging. Not only did we have the problem of providing optimum connectivity in remote mountainous regions, but also of catering for several communicating entities within a command hierarchy. Even a simple search will consist of several volunteers of a single rescue team spread across a wide area. The volunteers need to communicate with each other and their mobile response vehicle, which in turn will need to communicate with its home base and other entities such as ambulance services and the RAF (Royal Air Force). For large searches the situation is more complex as there may be several rescue teams trying to work in coordinated fashion.

The users of the real system that will be developed will be the Cockermouth mountain rescue team.

The user base will most likely be expanded to include other mountain rescue teams within the Cumbria region.

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Computing Department, Lancaster University
LA1 4YR Lancaster
United Kingdom
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