Mobile Phones as a Tool for Multimodal Information Access


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Modern mobile devices such as smart phones, tablets have become an integral part of the human life
today and are used to surf the web, e-mail checking, educational purposes, access weather forecast etc.
Modern mobile phones are varying from other mobile tools such as laptops. The other tools are portable,
but not easy to carry in one’s palm compare to modern ones. Therefore, majority use mobile phones to
capture multimodal information. From a business perspective it is important to have a mobile phone. From
a personal perspective it is easy to carry and use. Human seeks; analyze relevant information to achieve
higher level of understanding. At this point, modern mobile phones support to download needy materials.
This paper briefly describes how mobile phones act as a tool for multimodal information access.

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Mobile Phones as a Tool for Multimodal Information Access

  1. 1. Mobile Phones as a Tool for Multimodal Information Access • • • • • • • Introduction Multimodal Information Access Location Based Services Interactive Communication Mobile Phones and Literacy Mobile Adoption by Young Generation Conclusion Kamani Perera Librarian Regional Centre for Strategic Studies;
  2. 2. NILIS SYMPOSIUM 2013 Introduction • Modern Mobile Devices – Smart phones – Tablets • Mobile and handheld devices are used to - Surf the web - E-mail checking - Access weather forecast - Educational purposes (document creating, handling) - Effective emergency response - Entertainment - Contact friends
  3. 3. Multimodal Information Access Why Mobile Phones? - Easy to handle - Supporting for education - bundled all the applications (Internet, email, fax, MP3 etc.) - Complete operating system - Runs its own applications - Runs 3rd party applications - Supporting for more live interaction - Real time collaboration - Support distant learning
  4. 4. Multimodal Information Access contd. • What you need to consider? - Display unit - Capacity of the hardware - Cost of data handling - Connectivity issues, and - Communication facilities • What are the advantages? -Effective service to customers -Improvement of sales -Optimum use of enterprise assets -Real time access to important data -Taking accurate strategic decisions -Save precious time
  5. 5. Location Based Services • Area in which the phone and the user is located • Map and directions from current point to a desired destination • Provide names and addresses of nearby points of interest (Eg. Museums, restaurants, hotels etc.) • Utilize social media apps to inform the user which of their friends nearby and vice versa • Personalized weather services • Allow location based entertainment
  6. 6. Is this Dr. Ruwan & his team’s work? Interactive Communication Definitely we will come. • Yes Yes, of course. How can we miss this great opportunity. Are You Are You attending NILIS attending NILIS Symposium Symposium 2013? 2013? • • • • • Used for communication than Internet No level of education to use mobile phones Reaches target audiences quickly Directly facilitates instant participation and response Easy access in less secure environment Offers wide range of options for multimodal information access
  7. 7. • Access information regardless of the place or time • Needs not proper place to activate and easy to handle • Supports for direction finding • Gives the user maximum benefit “Use Mobile Phones for Multimodal Information Access and See the Difference” Thank You