The Internet-of-Things (IoT) is a modern technological revolution that enables communication amongst a plethora of different devices. To date, about 30 billion devices have been connected to the internet and more than 75 billion devices are probably to be connected worldwide by 2025. These can range from small sensors and actuators to larger devices such as smartphones, drones or even buildings and interconnected cars. Devices are often mobile and battery powered thus their communication requires fast and energy efficient solutions. To this end, this paper studies the use of multi-interface communication for fast and energy efficient communication. In particular, we consider the basic operation of data transfer between smartphones in the form of files. This task can be performed for backup purposes, and hence it represents a useful and frequent operation that users perform. Our aim is to provide a new and easy means that optimises file transfers with respect to time and energy consumption. In particular, as smartphones are endowed with various connecting interfaces like Bluetooth, WiFi and 4G, we conduct experimental studies by varying different parameters in order to understand the best setting, including which interface is more appropriate to accomplish file transfer. To this respect, we also implemented an innovative and light app that allows the use of two or more interfaces concurrently. The experimental results show how the coupling of some interfaces might be effective in terms of time, while consuming a negligible amount of energy. Actually, such results become more and more interesting as the size of the file to be transferred grows. The best combination experienced is by making use of WiFi at 5 GHz concurrently with 4G, whereas WiFi at 2.4 GHz caused interference complications.

Fast file transfers from IoT devices by using multiple interfaces

Mostarda L.
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Navarra A.;Nobili F.
2021-01-01

Abstract

The Internet-of-Things (IoT) is a modern technological revolution that enables communication amongst a plethora of different devices. To date, about 30 billion devices have been connected to the internet and more than 75 billion devices are probably to be connected worldwide by 2025. These can range from small sensors and actuators to larger devices such as smartphones, drones or even buildings and interconnected cars. Devices are often mobile and battery powered thus their communication requires fast and energy efficient solutions. To this end, this paper studies the use of multi-interface communication for fast and energy efficient communication. In particular, we consider the basic operation of data transfer between smartphones in the form of files. This task can be performed for backup purposes, and hence it represents a useful and frequent operation that users perform. Our aim is to provide a new and easy means that optimises file transfers with respect to time and energy consumption. In particular, as smartphones are endowed with various connecting interfaces like Bluetooth, WiFi and 4G, we conduct experimental studies by varying different parameters in order to understand the best setting, including which interface is more appropriate to accomplish file transfer. To this respect, we also implemented an innovative and light app that allows the use of two or more interfaces concurrently. The experimental results show how the coupling of some interfaces might be effective in terms of time, while consuming a negligible amount of energy. Actually, such results become more and more interesting as the size of the file to be transferred grows. The best combination experienced is by making use of WiFi at 5 GHz concurrently with 4G, whereas WiFi at 2.4 GHz caused interference complications.
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