A Pro-Active Middleware Platform for Mobile Environments

D. Conan, C. Taconet, D. Ayed, L. Chateigner, N. Kouici, and G. Bernard (France)

Keywords

Proactiveness, mobile environment, contextawareness, disconnection management, fault tolerance, deployment.

Abstract

With wireless communications and mobile hand-held de vices becoming a reality, new applications where users can have access to information anytime, anywhere are made possible. To design a middleware-based platform for applications such as emergency aid, crisis manage ments, our approach is threefold. We design and imple ment a middleware platform that hides as much as possi ble the details of the hardware, the operating system, and the telecommunication protocols from application devel opers and users. Then, we define a context manager as sociated with a middleware manager that cope with the collaboration between the users and the other middle ware services. Next, users and the other middleware ser vices rely on context information: the former for express ing needs and behaviour, the latter for being pro-active. These middleware services include disconnection man agement, fault management, deployment.

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