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  • Open Access

Broadcasted Location-Aware Data Cache for Vehicular Application

EURASIP Journal on Embedded Systems20072007:029391

  • Received: 15 October 2006
  • Accepted: 17 April 2007
  • Published:


There has been increasing interest in the exploitation of advances in information technology, for example, mobile computing and wireless communications in ITS (intelligent transport systems). Classes of applications that can benefit from such an infrastructure include traffic information, roadside businesses, weather reports, entertainment, and so on. There are several wireless communication methods currently available that can be utilized for vehicular applications, such as cellular phone networks, DSRC (dedicated short-range communication), and digital broadcasting. While a cellular phone network is relatively slow and a DSRC has a very small communication area, one-segment digital terrestrial broadcasting service was launched in Japan in 2006, high-performance digital broadcasting for mobile hosts has been available recently. However, broadcast delivery methods have the drawback that clients need to wait for the required data items to appear on the broadcast channel. In this paper, we propose a new cache system to effectively prefetch and replace broadcast data using "scope" (an available area of location-dependent data) and "mobility specification" (a schedule according to the direction in which a mobile host moves). We numerically evaluate the cache system on the model close to the traffic road environment, and implement the emulation system to evaluate this location-aware data delivery method for a concrete vehicular application that delivers geographic road map data to a car navigation system.


  • Mobile Host
  • Intelligent Transport System
  • Cache System
  • Digital Broadcasting
  • Vehicular Application

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Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Information Systems Design, Doshisha University, 1-3 Tatara-Miyakodani, Kyotanabe-Shi, Kyoto 610-0321, Japan
Graduate School of Information Science and Electrical Engineering, Kyushu University, 744 Motooka, Nishi-Ku, Fukuoka 819-0395, Japan


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© Kenya Sato et al. 2007

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