Briding the Heterogeneity of today's Internet
Stefan Götz, Klaus Wehrle (joint project with Tübingen University)
Today, Internet technology is extremely widespread and everyday business life cannot be imagined without it. However, in its basic functions, Internet technology increasingly shows its drawbacks, especially concerning communication patterns which differ from point-to-point communication, which was prevalent up until now. This has resulted in communication-related problems in numerous mobile situations, which are becoming more and more important in everyday business life. These difficulties urgently require new software techniques for communication support. The need for new software solutions especially becomes obvious with examples of wireless mobile equipment, group communication as well as situations involving diverse equipment.
The Semobis project (funded by Baden-Wuerttemberg State Foundation) aims to solve these problems with a new approach. Through a change of paradigms -- from locally fixed contents and services to a content based access -- a suitable method will be created to adequately resolve the problems of mobility, heterogeneity and the security of mobile systems. Through corresponding technological software interfaces, individual services are carried out and connected in varied ways.
On the whole, the research project will develop new innovative methods to create complex mobile software solutions for company purposes and facilitate a seamless integration of mobile information systems. The planned technological software framework will make it possible for application developers to create specially customized systems, whose service modules can be reused several times. These service modules are inconspicuous for the user as they are automatically integrated according to context and demands.