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A Collaborative Multimedia Application for a Mobile Environment

Davies, Nigel and Blair, Gordon S. and Cheverst, Keith and Friday, Adrian (1995) A Collaborative Multimedia Application for a Mobile Environment. In: Mobile Multi-media Communications, 1900-01-01.

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    Abstract

    With recent advances in portable computers and wireless networks, it is now feasible to provide sophisticated IT support for a range of mobile workers in areas such as the police, ambulance services and the utilities industries. However, to date, such support has been limited to providing remote access to central facilities such as e-mail and databases. This paper focuses on extending this level of support to include collaborative applications requiring multimedia communications. Such applications make considerable demands on the underlying systems infrastructure. More specifically, the paper discusses the role of such collaborative multimedia applications in supporting field workers in the electricity industry. A prototype conferencing application is described which enables field engineers to jointly view and annotate network diagrams and maps produced by a Geographical Information System. Voice communications is also provided to enable discussions to take place. The underlying distributed systems platform is also presented. The application has been successfully demonstrated over GSM.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Journal or Publication Title: Mobile Multi-media Communications
    Uncontrolled Keywords: cs_eprint_id ; 1483 cs_uid ; 352
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    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
    ID Code: 12975
    Deposited By: ep_importer_comp
    Deposited On: 18 Jun 2008 14:10
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 27 Jul 2012 01:57
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/12975

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