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“Microsoft test-driving Wi-Fi use in vehicles: Researchers show potential of public wireless networks”

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Press coverage of the SIGCOMM paper “Interactive WiFi Connectivity for Mobile Vehicles” by John Zahorjan (UW), Ratul Mahajan (UW Ph.D., now at Microsoft Research), and Aruna Balasubramanian, Brian Neil Levine, and Arun Venkataramani (UMass Amherst).

“‘Today’s Wi-Fi handoff protocols are incredibly fragile in outdoor environments and mobile environments,’ Mahajan said in an interview. Under existing approaches, he explained, computers and devices are ‘artificially limited to talking to only one access point, or only one base station at a time, even though there may be other base stations’ in the area.”