Maximizing wireless mesh network coverage

Luke Shillington, Daoqin Tong

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As an emerging technology, wireless communication revolutionizes the way data are shared and transferred. In particular, wireless mesh network (WMN) technology allows data transmission from one node to another without extensive cabling. In this article, spatial characteristics of maximal covering problems are explored, and a novel spatial optimization model is proposed for WMN topology planning. The model selects the optimal locations for network infrastructure to achieve the maximal coverage of spatial demand. Additionally, important WMN design requirements have been accounted for, including network topology and throughput capacity. The validity of the model is tested through a WMN deployment developed for an emergency medical service application in Tucson, Arizona.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)419-437
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Regional Science Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • maximal coverage
  • network topology planning
  • spatial optimization
  • wireless mesh network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Social Sciences


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