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Mobile Computing and The Wireless Internet: Data Services and Applications for Mobile/Cellular and Wireless LANs


  • Introduces the key enabling technologies that make it practical to deliver data services over wireless systems.
  • Explores the promising new developments that assure this rapidly changing field will have a major role in emerging networked applications.

The pace of development in wireless is truly compelling, where the convergence of wireless communications and Internet technology is creating real opportunity for innovation. Our Mobile Computing course covers the essential elements defining this emerging discipline, and gives students a background that will make them effective in contributing to developing and supporting new applications.


• To provide effective, up-to-date training that integrates the essential elements of this quickly developing field.

• To offer a thoroughly understanding of the principles and embedded technologies that underlie the delivery of data services in a wireless, mobile environment.

• To present a rationalized view of emerging standards initiatives in wireless networking.

• To develop a coherent, systems view of the relationships between these various topics, and provide an appreciation of how to achieve desired results.

Who Should Attend
This course appeals to technical professionals involved in, or affected by mobile/wireless computing technology. This includes IT professionals, engineers, technical managers, network administrators. project planners, applications developers and strategic planners.

It appeals to a range of backgrounds, from junior/intermediate people needing to develop a more comprehensive skill set, to specialists who wish to broaden their knowledge base.

Program Outline: Mobile Computing and The Wireless Internet

(i) Introduction
Categories and Summary Features of New Wireless Technologies
Data Service Requirements and Characteristics of The Mobile Channel
Roaming Issues; How they affect voice and data users
Radio Propagation; Multipath Fading and Mitigation

(ii) Sharing and Controlling the Wireless Channel
TDMA and CDMA Concepts/Issues/Features/Limitations
Global System for Mobile (GSM) Technical Features
CDMA (IS95) Technical Features
Comparison of Suitability for Supporting Data Applications

(iii) 2.5 and 3G Wireless Implementations
2.5G Mobile Data Technologies (e.g. EDGE, 1X)
3G Systems Framework; Channel Control and Modulation
Capacity Features and Performance
3G Economic Models Demand an Urban Market
Smart Antennas; Antenna Arrays, Beam Forming and MIMO

(iv) Messaging and Text Delivery Applications
Comparison: Instant Messaging, Short Message Service and E-Mail
Web-Based Messaging
Exploiting Presence to Make Messaging Effective
Personal Email Tools; Blackberry and Others

(v) The Internet Computing Architecture
Elements of the Internet Architecture and Protocol Suite
Key Features of IPv6
Packetized Voice and Quality of Service Issues
Real-Time Extensions and Voice Over IP
Client/Server Architectures and Thin Client Solutions

(vi) Mobile IP; Concepts and Issues
Disconnecting from Fixed Infrastructure
Functions of the Mobile Agent, Home Agent and Foreign Agent
Agent Discovery and Registration
Security Challenges With Mobile IP

(vii) Wireless LANs
Issues: Security, Cost and Capacity
Elements of the IEEE 802.11-Series of Standards
System Design Issues; Coverage and Throughput Capacity
High Speed Wireless LAN Developments
Bluetooth Technology and Applications

(viii) Location-Based Solutions and Applications

Position Location; Regulatory, Business and Privacy Issues
The GPS Satellite System
Other Methods for Determining Location
Summary of Applications

(ix) Developing Community-Wide Solutions
IEEE 802.16 (WiMAX) Standard
WiMAX as a Broadband Access Technology
IEEE 802.20 (Mobile Broadband Wireless Access)
Applications, Economics and Market for WLL

(x) Wireless Security Issues
The Unique Security Environment of Wireless
Notable Security Failures With WiFi and GSM
Authentication, Authorization and Accounting
IEEE 802.11 (WiFi) Solutions; Initial and Revised
Virtual Private Networks

(xi) Convergence and Integration Opportunities
Cellular/Mobile Synergy With WiFi
Voice Over IP Over Wireless; Hybrid Phones
WiFi Augmented With WiMAX
Challenges to 4G Mobile from IEEE 802.16 and 802.20

Glossary of Terminology
Suggestions For Further Reading

General Index

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