Towards more reliable and secure source routing in mobile ad hoc and sensor networks

Imad Jawhar, Zouheir Trabelsi, Jameela Al-Jaroodi

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Routing protocols in mobile ad hoc and sensor networks discover a multi-hop route between source and destination nodes. A highly reliable path is an important component for enhancing the security of communication. This paper presents RAS: a Reliable routing protocol for enhanced reliability and security of communication in mobile Ad hoc and Sensor networks. Enhanced reliability and security are achieved by the maintenance of a reliability factor by the nodes, which is increased when nodes participate successfully in data transmissions. This is determined through the use of positive and passive acknowledgements. Additional optimizations are included in order to increase the efficiency and performance of the network. Simulation experiments are performed in order to verify the operation of the proposed protocol and evaluate its performance. The results show an improvement in the reliability of the discovered path with the proper choice of certain important reliability parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-91
Number of pages11
JournalTelecommunication Systems
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014


  • Mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs)
  • Quality of service (QoS)
  • Reliability
  • Routing
  • Wireless networks
  • Wireless sensor networks (WSNs)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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