Collaborative Research Centre 1053 MAKI – Multi-Mechanisms Adaptation for the Future Internet

The Internet is growing with its tasks: more users, more applications, more data. At MAKI, we’re working hard to improve the existing infrastructure of the Internet to make it fit for the future, to optimise user experience and to further its functionality. We look at communication systems to combine the underlying mechanisms from communication protocols to distribution systems efficiently. To this end, we use so-called “transition technology”.

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Suppose you’re streaming music via your smart phone. Day in day out, you will notice multiple interruptions whenever the usage context changes. Only one mechanism used to transmit your data can be overloaded, such as LTE. This decreases the streaming quality significantly.

By using transition, however, the network automatically makes use of all available connecting mechanisms, such as LTE, Bluetooth or WIFI as befits the respective context of use. The result: Your connection maintains its high quality without any noticeable interruptions.

The goal: To enable seamless transitions between functionally equivalent mechanisms in a communication system.

By automatically and proactively choosing and/or combining the required mechanisms that do the job best in a given context instead of relying on ever broader data highways, we choose the technology of transition as a smart and anticipatory mode of operation. Today, these transitions are available in a few specialised cases only. At MAKI, we are working on a comprehensive solution for the Internet of the future.

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