What is Nomadic Computing? Nomadic Computing Technologies How is Nomadic Computing used today? Value to Organizations Current Limitations Future Growth Areas Suggested project Agenda
The definition of the term “nomadic computing” has changed over time: According to the WiMAX forum, nomadic = semimobile. Semimobile means “At a minimum, the client mobile device is transportable to secondary fixed locations with no connection while in transit.” In broader industry, nomadic = mobile Mobile computing takes place when portable computing devices interact in some fashion with a central information system. Users access the Internet and data on their home or work computers while away from the normal, fixed workplace What is Nomadic computing?
More about mobile computing: Enables the mobile worker to: create, access, process, store, communicate information without being constrained to a single location Enables interaction with organizational personnel that were previously disconnected Ideally, users are not constrained to a single device Mobile computing aims to be “Ubiquitous and Pervasive” What is Nomadic computing?
Mobile computing is accomplished using a combination of: computer hardware, system and applications software, some form of communications medium Hardware : Palmtop, Clamshell , Handheld Penkey , Penslate , Laptop Software : MSDOS , Windows 3.1/3.11/95/98/NT , Windows for Pen Computing , Windows CE , PenDOS , PenRight , Palm OS , Psion EPOC32 , Unix Communication technologies : Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) , Satellite , Cellular Digital Packet Data (CDPD) , Personal Communications Systems (PCS) , Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) , RAM and ARDIS data networks , Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR) service , one and two-way paging , plain old telephone system (POTS) , Internet , infra-red,docking (serial, parallel, LAN),disk swapping Nomadic computing technology
Some popular mobile devices: Apple iPhone Blackberry Curve HTC Touch Helio Ocean Nokia N95 Samsung Upstage … this is just a short list. Nomadic computing technologies
Some wireless network options: Nomadic computing technologies
For individual users, performs functions such as: email, Web browsing , word processing , scheduling , contact management , to-do lists , messaging , presentation -Mobile devices: laptop computers, handheld devices (PDA, mobile phone, pager, video camera, digital camera) -Wearable devices (smart watches and digital glasses) How is nomadic computing used?
For Estate Agents Emergency Services In courts In companies Stock Information Collation/Control Credit Card Verification Taxi/Truck Dispatch Electronic Mail/Paging How is nomadic computing used?
Improved Information Accessibility Increased Operational Efficiency
Transportation and Shipping
Car Rental Agencies
Increased Management Effectiveness Value for organizations
Disconnection Low bandwidth High bandwidth variability Low power and resources Security and Privacy risks Wide variety of devices with different capabilities Device attributes Fit more functionality into single, smaller device Limitations
Future Growth Areas
A suggested exploratory/experimental project “Good Citizen Software” Addresses a basic human function ... to warn
GCS Phase I Objective: Build a simple notification agent that can run on multiple nomadic platforms. Build public good will. Partner with government and/or news organizations. Maximize the install base. Use only as needed. Establish test schedule. Profit Model: None / Charitable service
GCS Phase II Description: Leverage GPS technology to allow users to tag physical space Objective: Build a popular nomadic social network. Do not over-notify users. This service works because: It is mobile It is free It is platform independent Profit Model: None / Entertainment service
GCS Phase III Description: Market the data with business value. Objective: Establish a revenue stream. Profit Model: Market Intelligence
GCS Phase IV Description: Leverage a ubiquitous and pervasive install base. Objective: To be determined Profit Model: To be determined