MANET Billing system

Short description

Self-forming networks are one of the most promising development areas of WIFI networks nowadays. There are technologies developed for Mobile ad hoc networks (MANET), people possess millions of WIFI devices. But despite all this self-forming networks are few. Only military and rare enthusiasts are building such networks. There are still no commercial implementations, if I am not mistaken.

We think that one of the reasons was the lack of a mechanism (technology) of the mutual accounting between users of the MANET. That is why ISPs are not developing MANET, and the users are not motivated to support networks with the resources of their WIFI devices.

What we suggest is a mutual billing technology, which allows users to earn (or get a discount), serving as a "relay node" in the MANET network.

The main provisions

MANET Billing system consists of 2 (traditional) parts:

  1. MANET Billing server (MBS) – the billing server that processes the information coming from the agents and carries out the billing and tariffication.
  2. MANET Billing agent (MBA) - the program running on each network device. It sends MBS account records, participates in user authentication and authorization. MBA can be embedded in the device or work as a Java application.

All members of the network can be divided into three groups:

  1. Common Users – those who use the network services, but are not involved in the transit transfer of the traffic.
  2. Relay Users – those who use the network services and are involved in the traffic transfer.
  3. Relay Nodes – they do not use the services, but participate in the traffic transfer.

The MANET Billing system has the following main functions:

  1. it performs the function of AAA server (Authentication, Authorization, Accounting).
  2. it charges Common Users and Relay Users for the use of the network.
  3. it pays Relay Users and Relay Nodes for the transmission traffic services.
MANET Billing server
MANET Billing server

Charging system may differ from the traditional one. The criteria can be not only the number of packets transmitted, but also the amount of energy spent by the relay node on the traffic transfer. Such an approach would enable a more equitable way of tariffication, as the battery life of mobile devices is the spending resource.


What is your idea of the problem can be solved?
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  1. It will allow growing of the commercial deployment MANET networks.
  2. This would allow participants of the network MANET to earn, which is a tremendous incentive for networks to become massive and popular. After all, it's so easy for the user - to switch on the WIFI mobile device, register online, and earn money simply serving as a relay node. You can predict that a part of the MANET will soon be transformed from "Mobile ad hoc networks" into "Stationary ad hoc network" because there are many of those who want an easy income. The users will develop Stationary Relay Nodes themselves in order to expand the network and increase their earnings. And it will make the network even better! The network will not only become bigger, but will become more reliable.
  3. Provided the idea is implemented, it is possible to allow users (Relay Nodes) to set transfer tariffs independently at some point in the development of commercial MANET network. IP network traffic will prefer routes with the least cost, thereby Relay Nodes (with the lowest fares) will be able to increase transfer traffic and their earnings. All of this will lead to healthy competition among Relay Nodes, reduce tariffs and improve the reliability of the network.
  4. It will allow ISPs to deploy MANET networks worldwide quickly and at low cost. A traditional WIFI ISP has to build its infrastructure in each region, which is expensive, time consuming and risky in terms of profitability. The ISP will need only install some WIFI Access Points, MANET Billing Server and provide advertising in order to deploy the MANET network. The network will begin to grow and be profitable by itself. Sergey Bessonnitsyn Sergey Bessonnitsyn


Who will be the first customers of your ideas?
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ISPs searching for new markets. Anna Gossen Anna Gossen


Who are the major competitors? What are the main benefits of your ideas before the competition?
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The competitors are the traditional WIFI ISPs, as well as the mobile network operators. The main advantage of the idea is the low cost of the provided services, as well as the low cost of the "admission ticket" to start a new business. Niels Gossen Niels Gossen
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