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An architecture for the integration of Wireless Actuation Capabilities with IP Multimedia Subsystem

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An architecture for the integration of Wireless Actuation Capabilities with IP Multimedia Subsystem

Hou, Ru Cheng (2010) An architecture for the integration of Wireless Actuation Capabilities with IP Multimedia Subsystem. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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The IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) is an architecture that aims at seamlessly delivering multimedia services. It enables IP multimedia services for end-user using standard Internet based protocols such as Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). Examples of multimedia services include presence, instant messaging, enhanced voice and video, pervasive gaming and emergency services.
Wireless actuators are small scale devices that can receive/accept instructions and act on their surrounding environment. They are broadly used in automation industry and intelligent control systems. With the rapid development of Internet and mobile telecommunication technologies, more and more actuators are being deployed in applications such as environment monitoring, home automation and health care to improve human beings’ living conditions.
Combining actuators’ actuation capabilities with IMS will certainly enable novel value added services. However, the actuator networks are application specific and provide proprietary interfaces to the external world. Integrating wireless Actuator Networks (AN) with IMS to enable actuation service to IMS end users through standard protocols and interfaces is the objective of this thesis.
There are several challenges related to this integration: First, there is no ready-to-use architecture for the integration. New functional entities and suitable protocols for actuation triggering are needed. Second, there are no actuators in the market with open interfaces to the external world, we need to find alternative solutions for the realization of the integrated architecture. Third, there is no information model for abstracting actuation command semantics and this has to be defined.
In this thesis we derive a set of requirements for the integration of AN actuation capabilities with IMS, we review and evaluate related work, and then propose a novel architecture. This architecture includes two new functional entities for IMS: The Actuation Control Function (ACF) and the Wireless Actuator Gateway (WAG). The ACF handles high level actuation requests from other applications. It acts as an intermediate component and hides the low level actuation commands from the applications. The WAG transforms high level actuation commands to low level, proprietary and actual actuation commands that can be understood and executed by actuators.
A detailed survey and evaluation of existing protocols for actuation command carrying is also provided. We define an actuation command information model to abstract the actuation triggering instructions. We implement the key components of the proposed architecture. A proof of concept prototype has been implemented using simulated robots equipped with actuators. The average end-to-end actuation delay of our architecture is evaluated through experiments with the prototype.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science > Electrical and Computer Engineering
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Hou, Ru Cheng
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A. Sc.
Program:Electrical and Computer Engineering
Date:20 December 2010
Thesis Supervisor(s):Khendek, Ferhat and Ali, Mustafa Mehmet
ID Code:7020
Deposited By:RU CHENG HOU
Deposited On:08 Jun 2011 15:59
Last Modified:08 Jun 2011 15:59
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