Title page for ETD etd-05062001-202654

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Gopinath, Sunil
URN etd-05062001-202654
Title An Application Layer Framework for Location- based Service Discovery and Provisioning for Mobile Devices
Degree Master of Science
Department Computer Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Midkiff, Scott F. Committee Co-Chair
Varadarajan, Srinidhi Committee Co-Chair
Henry, Sallie M. Committee Member
  • mobile
  • service discovery
Date of Defense 2001-01-23
Availability unrestricted
There has been a tremendous rise in the use of Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) services for cellular telephones. Such services include electronic mail, printing, fax delivery, and weather reports. But, current services are limited

both in type and nature. Today, mobile telephone users need access to more dynamic, location-based, distributed services that include both hardware resources, like printers and computers, and software services, like application software. Problems due to mobility include clients disconnecting from the network, services leaving the network, and communication problems.

This research proposes and demonstrates the feasibility of a framework for a system to meet such a need. More specifically, this work develops and demonstrates a distributed environment where mobile telephone users have

access to services dynamically as they enter and leave different service areas. It also provides a framework to support mobility in the application layer context. This work utilizes Sun Microsystem’ s JINI connection technology to

provide distributed services to mobile telephones over WAP. It provides a prototype system to provide Java based software services to mobile telephones. The work also provides several optimizations with respect to client communication by harnessing key features of WAP. This provides a robust, dynamic environment for service provisioning.

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