BSense: A Flexible and Open-Source Broadband Mapping Framework

Giacomo Bernardi, Damon Fenacci, Mahesh Marina, Dimitrios Pezaros

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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 multi-platform 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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNETWORKING 2012
Subtitle of host publication11th International IFIP TC 6 Networking Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, May 21-25, 2012, Proceedings, Part I
EditorsRobert Bestak, Lukas Kencl, Li Li, Joerg Widmer, Hao Yin
PublisherSpringer-Verlag GmbH
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-30044-8
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer Berlin / Heidelberg
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


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