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Why Context Matters in a Service-based Architecture for Mobile Devices

Summary: Why Context Matters in a Service-based Architecture
for Mobile Devices
­Position Paper­
Andreas Zeidler
Darmstadt University of Technology, Department of Computer Science
Database and Distributed Systems Research Group
1 Introduction
What would you expect when you are using an application on a mobile device? The
application should perform its task as reliably and trustworthy as the same application
designed for use on a desktop PC. There should be no need to reconfigure the device and
the application whenever the context the device is used in, changes. Even if a mobile
device is not used in steadily changing environments, say, it is used in the office for
some hours, then on the train, and lastly at home in the evening, keeping track with
the environment by means of adaption to the network, finding services, configuring
the device to use the right service or use an unknown implementation of a service in
a secure matter, is (nowadays) still a hard task. If it is left up to the user of a mobile
device to adapt his or her device and its applications to the surrounding infrastructure,
ease of use is certainly not given.
Currently used operating systems and middleware, are far from being easily usable


Source: Abowd, Gregory D. - College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences