Wireless multihoming for smart grid high data rate applications

Atef Abdrabou, Hosam Hittini, Khaled Shaban

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

3 Citations (Scopus)


Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems are used extensively to monitor/control utility power distribution networks. However, the current SCADA systems cannot accommodate the demand of smart grid high data rate applications such as asset monitoring using video surveillance for fault prediction and self-healing purposes. Consequently, wireless networking is envisioned as a strong candidate to extend the monitoring capabilities of SCADA systems with easy-to-deploy high data rate devices. Nevertheless, the limited resources of a single wireless network may not allow transferring a large volume of delay-sensitive smart grid information while satisfying the packet delay requirements. This paper investigates, via a hardware measurement-based study, the packet delay performance of multihomed wireless transceivers. Multihomed transceivers are capable of sending different data packets (not packet replicas) over heterogeneous wireless networks simultaneously. The paper also offers a packet delay analysis for dual-homed wireless nodes connected to a WiFi network via one of their interfaces. A comparative experimental and analytical study is conducted for the delay performance of single-interface WiFi transceivers and multihomed transceivers. Our results show that the traffic load distribution among different interfaces has a significant impact on the effectiveness of using multihoming for smart grids.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 Wireless Telecommunications Symposium, WTS 2016
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781509003143
Publication statusPublished - May 31 2016
Event15th Annual Wireless Telecommunications Symposium: Global Wireless Communications: Europe and Beyond, WTS 2016 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: Apr 18 2016Apr 20 2016

Publication series

NameWireless Telecommunications Symposium
ISSN (Print)1934-5070


Other15th Annual Wireless Telecommunications Symposium: Global Wireless Communications: Europe and Beyond, WTS 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Smart grid
  • heterogeneous wireless networks
  • multihoming
  • power distribution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Signal Processing


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