Video streaming over WIMAX with ant colony optimization for health applications

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Video streaming over WIMAX with ant colony optimization for health applications


PG student, Department Of Ece,

K.S.R. College Of Engineering, Tiruchengode,

Namakkal-637 215,


    Assistant Professor, Department Of Ece,

    K.S.R. College Of Engineering, Tiruchengode,

    Namakkal-637 215,

    Abstract – This paper presents a new proficiency WiMAX embodies the IEE 802.16 family of standards, providing wireless broadband access. With IEEE 802.16e, the mobility amendment and WiMAX guarantees to address the ever-increasing demand of mobile high-speed wireless data in fourth generation (4G) networks. In the existing work, video distribution has been considered as a basic technique that involves scheduling and content-aware video streaming since the video is transmitted as different frames there is a chance of getting either mismatched frames at the receiver or loss of frames owing to incorrect threading of the video frames. Due to these reasons, the expected throughput may not be obtained ,to improve the quality of service and to overcome this ailment, the proposed work establish the Ant colony optimization(ACO) prototype.ACO algorithm includes two mechanism: trail evaporation and deamon actions which acts effectively to trigger the accumulation of data being collected at the receiver end. This marches to provide desired QOS and throughput especially in the trait of medical application.

    Index Terms- IEEE 802.16/WiMAX, MPEG stream, real-time video transmission, scheduling, Healthcare, QOS, ACO Algorithm.



      WiMAX is a wireless digital communications system, also known as IEEE 802.16 that is intended for wireless

      metropolitan area networks Support for both Time Division Duplex (TDD), Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) and SS(subscriber station) is provided burst transmission format whose framing mechanism supports adaptive burst profiling in which transmission parameters, including the modulation and coding schemes, may be adjusted individually to each SS on a frame-by-frame basis, thus providing high data rates and its extensively used for the applications like telemedicine, online video gaming, video surveillance, high speed BWA(Broad band wireless Access).

      Table.1 WiMAX Services and Applications



      Qos Specifications


      Unsolicited Grant Service


      Maximum Sustained Rate

      Maximum Latency Tolerance

      Jitter Tolerance


      Streaming Video or Audio

      Minimum Reversed Rate

      Minimum Sustained Rate

      Maximum Latency Tolerance

      Traffic Polarity


      Voice with Activity detection

      Minimum Reversed Rate

      Maximum Sustained Rate

      Maximum Latency Tolerance

      Traffic Polarity Jitter Tolerance


      FTP (File Transfer Protocol)

      Minimum Reversed Rate

      Minimum Sustained Rate

      Traffic Polarity


      Best Effort Service

      Data Transfer, Web brousing, etc..,

      Maximum Sustained Rate

      Traffic Polarity

      This dissertation is categorized as follows. Section II Describes about IEEE 802.16/WiMAX System Evaluation Methodology and Telemedicine Applications. Section III & IV contains Quality of Service and video streaming with ACO, based on IEEE 802.16 Networks. Section V Shows the

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Simulation Results and Discussions about the projected system.


    In Telemedicine Applications Full backward compatibility and interoperability, improving the efficiency are the important attributes required for IEEE 802.16 systems, while the network operator can disable legacy support in green-field deployments its compliant with a subset of the IEEE 802.16 features as specified by the WiMAX Forum. For getting Smooth Migration Backward compatibility is required to interface between new systems

    Over without affecting the conventional System. Due to maintaining the full Backward Compatibility it preserves the required bandwidth for Multi antenna mode, the next generation WiMAX will be capable of over air data transfer Rates in excess amount of supporting a broad range also provide high quality and high capacity IP-based services and applications.

    Figure.1 WiMAX Reference Model

    The IEEE 802.16 supports multiple traffic flows with diverse channel characteristics. The use of advanced antenna techniques and flexible sub channelization enables the system to support peak Downlink (DL) its comprehensively used to supports both fixed and mobile services for enterprise and consumer markets. The emerging trends of high Speed internet and Multimedia, video broadcasting applications have led to

    be need for WiMAX. Figure 1 shows the network reference model for WiMAX.

    Figure.1 shows the WiMAX Network Reference Model its specifying a non-hierarchical, end-to-end network for WiMAX. That can be expanded to perform optional relay entities for coverage and performance enhancement in upcoming releases. The IEEE 802.16 standard describes Medium-access-control (MAC) and physical layer (PHY) protocols for fixed and mobile Broadband wireless-access systems. The MAC and Physical functions can be classified into three Categories, namely, data plane, control plane, and management plane. The data plane comprises Functions in the data processing path Such as header compression, as well as MAC components, and PHY data packet-processing functions. A set of layer-2 (L2) control functions is mandatory to support various radio resource configuration, Coordination, signaling, and management. This set of functions is communally referred to as the control-plane functions. A management plane also is defined for external management and system configuration. WiMAX Architecture provide flexibility for different applications, the standard supports two major exploitation circumstances:

    Last-mile Broadband Wireless Access: In these present surroundings, broadband wireless connectivity is interface between home and business users in a WMAN environment. The function is based on a point-to-multipoint single- hop transmission along with a single base station (BS) and multiple subscriber stations (SSs).

    Backhaul networks: WiMAX network works as a backhaul for cellular networks to transport data/voice traffic from the cellular edge to the core network (Internet) through meshing among IEEE 802.16/WiMAX Subscriber Stations.

    The major components in the telemedicine systems are data acquisition, processing, and storage. The personal medical information system (PMIS) servers are used to stockpile patients personal and diagnostic data in the system. These servers are connected to the hospital intranet to provide local access as well as remote access to the doctors. Telemedicine services with applications in emergency healthcare, telecardiology, teleradiology, telepathology, teledermatology, and tele-oncology have become popular to provide prompt and effective patient care. IEEE 802.16/WiMAX technology for wireless telemedicine/e-health services provides high bandwidth, security, high quality of service and integrated services.

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    The MAC layer security aspect in the IEEE 80.16/ WiMAX standard can provide access control and encryption functionalities for wireless telemedicine services.


This section reviews the basic MAC contrivances defined by 802.16 which are specifically interrelated to QoS provisioning. QoS refers to the collective effect of service as perceived by the user. The 802.16 standard postulates two modes for allocating the wireless medium: point-to-multipoint (PMP) and mesh.

The following parameters must be considered in order to develop an efficient QoS

QoS Requirements: To allocate resources efficiently, the algorithm should have the Capability to handle multiple traffic flows and real time services.

Connection Admission Control: The users are admitted only if the available Bandwidth can accommodate the expanded traffic. Otherwise, access to the network is denied.

Radio Resource Management: Bandwidth is utilized efficiently in order to improve the effectiveness and reliability of wireless transmission.

Fairness: The WRQ algorithm should fairly allocate resources to non-priority queues.

Flexibility: The scheduling algorithm should be backward- compatible so that it can be deployed onto various networks with diverse QoS requirements.

The IEEE 802.16e standard defines only two layers: physical (PHY) layer and MAC layer. The PHY layer is responsible for the actual transmission of bits onto the air Interface between peer units, while the MAC inaugurates and continues the connection between the communication devices. PHY layer include encoding and decoding of signals, preamble generation, modulation and Demodulation, bit transmission and reception, regulation of transmission power, and numerous other characteristics. It supports both LOS (line of sight) and NLOS (Non line of sight) communication with specified frequency ranges. OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Multiplexing) is one of the modulation techniques introduced to eliminate ISI (Inter Symbol Interference) and loss of power in WiMAX. OFDM is based on frequency division multiplexing (FDM), which uses multiple frequencies to transmit signals in a parallel configuration. All sub-carriers are orthogonal to each other and the choice of carrier spacing is reciprocal to symbol time.

The IEEE 802.16 MAC layer is designed to support PMP and mesh networks. In mesh networks, the SS (subscriber station) communicates with each other directly rather having to go through the BS (Base station).It provides a connection-oriented service creation to the upper layer service.

All service connections entering the MAC layer are identified by a unique, 16-bit Connection ID (CID). Two operations take place at the CS layer: the CS layer classifies the incoming packet, depending on the IP protocol and priority parameters, and sends it to the corresponding CID.

The unidirectional connections between the BS and SS can transport service flow traffic and control the air interface. The connection is for one type of service. For example, file transfer and multimedia applications cannot be sent on the same CID.

The service flow, identified by a 32-bit ID known as the Service Flow ID (SFID), provides unidirectional transport of data packets. The service flow characteristics define the QoS parameters of each connection. At the MAC layer, the standard provides three main methods of QoS provisioning are Service Flow Classification, Dynamic Service Establishment, and the Two-Phase Activation Model.Figure 2 shows the QoS functions within BS and SS in IEEE 802.16 networks

Figure.2 QoS tasks within BS and SS Architecture Bandwidth requests are used on the BS for reckoning

the Residual excess of uplink connections. Scheduling is to allocate the available resource (e.g., time slot and sub channel) to the on-going and the incoming links so that the required QoS can be guaranteed. Also, the offered resource should be allotted in a fair manner among the SSs/connections. In IEEE 802.16, there are two modes of bandwidth allocation (i.e., GPC and GPSS modes) that work on a per connection and per SS basis, respectively. Therefore, the radio resource management and scheduling mechanism need to be deliberate at both the SS and BS. At an SS, while queue-aware bandwidth allocation is used to allocate bandwidth according to the QoS necessities, rate control is used to avoid congestion. Earliest deadline first (EDF) and weight fair queue (WFQ) scheduling schemes are used in IEEE 802.16e. Some of QoS

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parameters defined for wireless applications include bandwidth, jitter, throughput, delay, packet error rate, etc. To meet the requirements of real-time applications and to enforce differentiated service to users, a QoS mechanism is necessary.


Video is a collection of consecutive still images displayed one after another with a set frequency to give the appearance of motion.The fundamental parameters of a digital video are frame rate, resolution, bit rate and aspect ratio. Frame rate relates to the number of still images or frames to display per second (fps).MPEG-4 standard has greater flexibility, which is used in Telemedicine applications. Streaming is the turn of playing out a file on a client station while it is still being aggressively downloaded from the source or server. It can be applied to video and audio media as well as other forms of data streams as live data. The sum of bandwidth required by different types of streams can vary intensely. Video streaming places an onerous requirement for bandwidth on a network based on its Frame rate, resolution and bit rate.

User Datagram Protocol (UDP), send the media stream as a series of small packets, packets are liable to be lost or corrupted in transit. Depending on the protocol and

the extent of theloss, the client may be able to recover the data with error co rection techniques. RSVP session is established at the IP layer, an equivalent resource reservation can be established at the MAC layer using the Dynamic Service Addition (DSA) mechanism. The RTSP is a client server multimedia presentation control protocol, designed to address the needs for client delivery if streaming multimedia over IP Networks. Video streaming in pull mode works with RTSP protocol. There are standard RTSP messages to initiate the streaming process. RTSP OPTIONS is sent from client to fetch the possible command options offered with the server.

RTSP DESCRIBE is used to request the URL for streaming. SVC standard will specify how to represent video streams with spatial, temporal and quality scalability; indeed it is possible to generate SVC enhancement layers which can augment an H.264/AVC compatible base layer. Interruptions Occur when the Streaming clients play-out buffer drains completely and happens Because of severe and persistent congestion in the network. Therefore, limiting the amount of data that is in the network, as accumulation-based congestion control mechanisms also help to prevent the clients play-out buffer from draining during a streaming session.

End-to-end feedback mechanism between streaming server and client without additional complication to the management message transfers before introducing the streaming session. Mapping of the feedback message between

IP and MAC level QoS parameters to provide true end-to-end quality assurance in WiMAX. Link layer feedback mechanism provides enough bandwidth for the streaming session so that there wont be significant network loss in the wireless medium. There is a huge loss in perceptual quality of video even when 10% of the frames are lost. Figure 3 shows the Frame work model for video streaming over WiMAX.

Figure 3. Frame Work model for video streaming Through WiMAX

The following mapping scheme is universally accepted for transferring E-Health data over WiMAX network.

  1. Allocate Unsolicited Grant Service (UGS) type of QoS to the bio signal traffic and voice. Conversation.


  2. Real-time Priority Service (rtPS) service for the video transmission.

  3. Non-real-time Priority Service (nrtPS) to the file transfer, such as x-ray images and Ultrasound results.

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  4. 4. Best Effort (BE) service class is to be allocated for the database access

During the Video transmission there is a chance of getting either mismatch or loss of frames that owing to affect the network parameters. It leads to diminish the QOS. To avoid those problems ANT COLONY optimization is used it increase the throughput and improves the QOS of the video streaming from the Existing novel method.


This section shows the simulation results of video streaming over WiMAX with different Wireless parameters and its graphical representation.

Simulation Parameter specifications



Simulation time


Placement of nodes




MAC protocol

IEEE 802.16e/m

Multiple Access scheme


Routing Protocol


Antenna Model


Video Streaming protocol


Figure.4 interval vs packet Delivery ratio with different kind of WiMAX traffic

Figure 5. Interval vs delay

Figure 6. Interval vs jitter

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Figure 7. Interval vs throughput

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From the simulation result presented in section V it provides the better QoS with ANT colony optimization technique. ACO avoid the frame loss in video transmission and offers desired QoS improve the overall network throughput, over WiMAX for Tele medicine applications.

In future planned to create the novel video distribution technique with scheduling and PSO optimization for cardiology base surgeries through teleconferencing.


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