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There is an indispensable need for inter-networking of WPAN-, WLAN-, WMAN- and cellular-based wireless mesh networks. Currently, the Internet protocol (IP) is employed to provide this functionality at the network layer. However, today’s Internet implementation, despite its great success, has several limitations, including: 1) the overloading of the IP address to simultaneously indicate network location and node identity, 2) the absence of a trustworthy environment for users to communicate, and 3) the questionable availability of centralized infrastructure and services. The advent of ubiquitous computing paradigms and the success of emerging access networks present an inflection point for introducing fundamental paradigm shifts towards designing a future internetwork. The InterMesh architecture [1] is a novel architecture with the goal of inter-networking heterogeneous mesh networks to provide a seamless service to individual network entities. The following key design concepts distinguish InterMesh: - Intrinsic support for unstructured networks - persistent identification/naming and certification of network entities - a novel approach to dynamic and extensible network management and service provisioning using mobile agents - seamless mobility. InterMesh achieves convergence through a uniform Persistent Identification and Networking Layer (PINL), allowing mesh communities to form “on-the-fly” and merge with other networks. The PINL identifies network entities with persistent identifiers (PIs), that are globally unique, secure and accountable by design. This paper reviews the system components and functionality, and discusses the proposed conference demonstration.

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Area of Influence, Neutralization Environment, Network Substrate