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Towards 4G Technologies: Services with Initiative

Hendrik Berndt (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-01031-0
320 pages
April 2008
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Find out how the exciting new developments towards 4G mobile services and technologies will put the user at centre stage.

Towards 4G Technologies provides a comprehensive explanation of future networking and service delivering technologies for next generation mobile systems. The authors explain how personalization, mobile middleware, peer-to-peer services, semantic computing, and content-awareness fit into this new concept and why they will become a necessity for future mobile services. The book presents the latest challenges and opportunities of Next Generation Mobile Systems, explaining new paradigms of service provisioning that include flexible and adaptable services. Towards 4G Technologies:

  • Gives a comprehensive description of future networking and service delivering technologies.
  • Covers hot topics such as intelligent user profiling, proactive service selection, context-aware service provisioning and ubiquitous computing.
  • Introduces seemingly diverse technologies to show how they will play together to create a new user experience.
  • Includes case studies to illustrate the theory.

This invaluable guide will provide telecoms engineers in R&D departments, CTOs, and telecoms managers as well as academic researchers in electrical, electronic engineering and telecommunications with a comprehensive understanding of next generation mobile system technologies and services.

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Table of Contents

Introducing 4G Mobile Adventure

1.1 The user takes center stage

1.2 Business model considerations-The need for an Open Programmable Architecture

1.3 Ubiquitous service and network environment

1.4Context Awareness

1.5 Personalization

1.6 Mobile adventure

Part I- The pillars of a new architecture

2 Mobile Communications Networks

2.1 Wireless Technologies at a Glance

2.2 Wireless Networking at a Glance

2.3 Next Generation IP-based Mobile Networks

2.4 Ubiquitous Communication

2.5 Programmable Networks

2.6 Summary

3. Mobile Service Systems

3.1 Service Platforms at a glance

3.2 Next Generation Service Architectures

3.3 Ubiquitous Services Example: Session Mobility

3.4 Summary

4 Extension towards Ubiquity: Mobile Peer-to-Peer 

4.1 P2P application scenarios

4.2 Challenges

4.3 Unstructured P2P

4.4 Structured P2P

4.5 Hierachical P2P

5 Mobile Middleware

5.1 Smart Devices

5.2 Mobile Middleware Platforms

6 Cross Layer Design – a new Paradigm for Optimization of Architectures

6.1 Cross-Layer Architectures

6.2 Cross Layer Awareness: Abstracting Layer Parameters

6.3 Cross Layer Optimization: The Cost Function

6.4 Performance and Cost Analysis 7 Ontologies

7.1 Description Logics

7.2 Web Ontology Language

7.3 Ontology Engineering

7.4 Discussion

8 Semantic Services

8.1 Introduction: Challenges and Opportunities

8.2 Finding a Train: an Hands on Experience

8.3 Web Services

8.4 Beyond XML: Using Ontologies

8.5 Using the Semantic Web to Represent Services

8.6 Service Invocation: OWL-S Process Model and Grounding

8.7 Other Proposals toward Semantic Web Services

8.8 Applications of Semantic Web Services

8.9 Future challenges

8.10 Discussion

9 Dynamic Adaptation

9.1 Effective Modells and Living Specifications

9.2 Dynamic Systems and Late Binding

9.3 Modularity and Variation Points

9.4 Adaptation Dimensions and Techniques

Part III: Services and their intelligent embedding in the environment

10 Context-aware Mobility Management

10.1 Mobility management and context information

10.2 The context collection problem

10.3 An Agent-based approach for context-aware hand-over

10.4 Implementation architecture

11 Contextual Intelligence

11.1 A user-centric view of context and services

11.2 Context-oriented Programming

11.3 Proactive Service Discovery and Selection

11.4 Intelligent Service Composition

11.5 Research prototypes

12 From Personal Mobility to Mobile Personality

12.1 Future user profiling and personalization

12.2 Enablers of a mobile life style

12.3 Preference patterns for proactive service discover

12.4 Towards a mobile personality


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Author Information

Hendrik Berndt holds the position of Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice-President at DoCoMo Communications Laboratories Europe and is Director of the Smart and Secure Services and the Ubiquitous Networking research groups. In this capacity he is supporting DoCoMo Euro-Laboratories' research activities towards the 4th generation of mobile systems. Previously Chief Technology Officer of the Telecommunication Information Networking Architecture Consortium, headquartered in Tinton Fall, New Jersey, USA, he was chairman of the TINA Architecture board and responsible for guiding technology developments and products in the area of Multimedia Services, Distributed Processing Environment and IP Control and Management. Until then he held several scientific and managerial positions in the telecommunication Industry in Germany, was Executive Director of Advanced Technology for Global One in Reston, Virginia, USA and an Invited Member of Sprint's Office of Network and Architecture Planning in Kansas, USA.

Currently he is elected Steering board member of the European e-Mobility Technology platform initiative supported by the European Commission, Brussels, Belgium, member of the Board of Directors in the Object Management Group, headquartered in Needham, Massachusetts, USA and member of the curatorship of Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems, Berlin, Germany. He holds a Masters degree and a PhD in Electrical Engineering as was appointed from 2000 on as Visiting Professor at the Global Information and Telecommunication Institute, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.

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