Handoff with DSP Support: Enabling Seamless Voice Communications across Heterogeneous Telephony Systems on Dual-Mode Mobile Devices
Issue No.01 - January (2009 vol.8)
Chung-Wei Li , National Taiwan University, Taipei
Hung-Yun Hsieh , National Taiwan University, Taipei
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/TMC.2008.87
In this paper we investigate the problem of voice communications across heterogeneous telephony systems on dual-mode (WiFi and GSM) mobile devices. Since GSM is a circuit-switched telephony system, existing solutions that are based on packet-switched network protocols cannot be used. We show in this paper that an enabling technology for seamless voice communications across circuit-switched and packet-switched telephony systems is the support of digital signal processing (DSP) techniques during handoffs. To substantiate our argument, we start with a framework based on the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) for vertical handoffs on dual-mode mobile devices. We then identify the key obstacle in achieving seamless handoffs across circuit-switched and packet-switched systems, and explain why DSP support is necessary in this context. We propose a solution that incorporates time alignment and time scaling algorithms during handoffs for supporting seamless voice communications across heterogeneous telephony systems. We conduct testbed experiments using a GSM-WiFi dual-mode notebook and evaluate the quality of speech when the call is migrated from WiFi to GSM networks. Evaluation results show that such a cross-disciplinary solution involving signal processing and networking can effectively support seamless voice communications across heterogeneous telephony systems.
Network Protocols, Telephony, Wireless, Mobile Computing
Chung-Wei Li, Hung-Yun Hsieh, "Handoff with DSP Support: Enabling Seamless Voice Communications across Heterogeneous Telephony Systems on Dual-Mode Mobile Devices", IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, vol.8, no. 1, pp. 93-108, January 2009, doi:10.1109/TMC.2008.87