Group monitoring in mobile ad-hoc networks

Albana Gaba*, Spyros Voulgaris, Maarten van Steen

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Maintaining bonds of cohesion between members of small groups in densely populated venues (e.g., a family in an amusement park, or some friends in a stadium) is increasingly gaining interest, both as a safety measure against malicious activity and as a convenient tool to prevent group splitting. Note that the use of mobile phones is often ruled out in such scenarios, due to extreme network load. Current solutions are typically based on custom installations of antennas, centralized control, and user devices with high transmission power. In this work we propose a novel method for anonymously spreading presence information among group members in dense environments, based on a completely decentralized mobile ad hoc network approach. Our system operates independently of any infrastructure and is targetted at resource constrained, inexpensive and expendable user devices. Quite importantly, our system protects the privacy of its users, both for their safety and for ethical reasons.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNext Generation Society
Subtitle of host publicationTechnological and Legal Issues - Third International Conference, e-Democracy 2009, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsAlexander B. Sideridis, Charalampos Z. Patrikakis
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-11631-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-11629-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd International Conference on Next Generation Society: Technological and Legal Issues, e-Democracy 2009 - Athens, Greece
Duration: 23 Sept 200925 Sept 2009
Conference number: 3

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
ISSN (Print)1867-8211
ISSN (Electronic)1867-822X


Conference3rd International Conference on Next Generation Society: Technological and Legal Issues, e-Democracy 2009
Abbreviated titlee-Democracy 2009


  • Ad hoc
  • Group monitoring
  • Presence management


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