Subject: Management Information System
Topic: Mobile Computing
Mobile Computing is “taking a computer and all necessary files and software out into the field and the system”. There are several different dimensions under which mobile computers can be defined:
- In terms of physical dimensions;
- In terms of how devices may be hosted;
- In terms of when the mobility occurs;
- In terms of how devices are networked;
- In terms of the type of computing that is performed.
- Portable computers,
- Mobile phones
- Smart cards
- Wearable computers
- Operating system”
- Appication software”
- Utility software”
APPLICATIONS OF MOBILE COMPUTING – LIVE EXAMPLES
- Stock Information Collation/Control
- Credit Card Verification
- Taxi/Truck Dispatch
- Electronic Mail/Paging
- For estate agents
- Emergency Services
- In courts
- In companies
- Location Flexibility
- Saves Time
- Enhanced Productivity
- Ease of Research
- Streamlining of Business Processes
- Range & Bandwidth
- Security Standards
- Power Consumption
- Transmission Interferences
- Potential Health Hazards
- Human Interface with Device
- Mobile computing is being adapted by users at a faster pace than desktop computing and will comprise a bigger factor in the workplace.
- Four trends are converging and are driving the adaptation of mobile computing: wireless networking, converged networks (data, voice, and video), social media, and compelling mobile devices.
- Apple is leading the trends in mobile innovation and its impact has resulted in the depth of applications, expectations for the user experience, and pricing models.
- Game-changing communications platforms (social media and mobile computing) are emerging very rapidly.
- Many of the capabilities associated with today’s computing environment are enabled by the back-end servers hosted in Internet-based data centers. These servers are capable of storing and processing the massive data stores that are required by their applications.