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Creating the vision of future market access

The area of ad hoc networking is of long-term nature. However, our results show good potentialities from the innovation and economic standpoint. Specifically, We have identified new applications that can leverage the ad hoc technology to provide valuable services to the user. The city cab scenario (i.e., the use of 802.11 ad hoc networks to replace the currently used taxi radio dispatch systems) is the most promising one. One of the most important components of a city taxi company s operations is its dispatch unit, which informs individual taxis about passenger pickups, assigns passengers to empty taxis, and passes on additional information such as directions and news about weather or traffic conditions.

Traditionally, taxi companies have relied on radio dispatchers for these tasks. Radio dispatch systems have variable QoS issues, and there are significant costs associated with installing, running and maintaining them. In many cases, radio licenses need to be obtained to operate these systems, adding considerable cost and creating barriers to entry for small companies. In MobileMAN we proved that a MANET based dispatch system used for communications in a city cab scenario is viable both economically and technically.

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University of Cambridge
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