BSense: a flexible and open-source broadband mapping framework

Bernardi, G., Feancci, D., Marina, M.K. and Pezaros, D. (2012) BSense: a flexible and open-source broadband mapping framework. In: IFIP/TC6 Networking 2012, Prague, Czech Republic, 21-25 May 2012, pp. 344-357.

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Abstract

We present BSense, a flexible broadband mapping system for broadband coverage and quality assessment of broadband connections in a given geographic region. For coverage related analysis, it relies on data that is either obtained from ISPs or generated based on technology models and information about infrastructure sites. Broadband quality assessment in BSense is via host-based measurements using our multiplatform and technology-adaptive software client which periodically runs as a background process on users’ computers. The host-based software measurement approach employed in BSense is not only cost-effective but is also flexible and reduces measurement bias. BSense also incorporates a flexible broadband quality index for summarizing the collective effect of various underlying attributes such as download/upload speeds and latency. BSense system has been implemented based on open-source software components. The usefulness of the BSense system is demonstrated using two real world case studies, one on identifying notspots in Scotland and the other on broadband quality assessment in a rural part of Scotland through pilot deployment.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Pezaros, Dr Dimitrios
Authors: Bernardi, G., Feancci, D., Marina, M.K., and Pezaros, D.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Research Group:Embedded Networked and Distributed Systems
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