Multiple wireless protocol advertising system, enabling automatic access selection and local services

SA Houben, NHG Baken, P Herve, R Smets

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We examined efficiency within wireless access options for mobile devices and discovered that a classic pitfall is revisited. As with the proliferatuin of services in incumbents' portfolios, leading to a number of co-existing so-called 'stove-pipes', we see an isomorphic phenomenon evolving in multimodal mobile devices, leading to an inefficient development of vertical stack technical solutions for each differnt mode. For the first time we found the optimal technical and commercial fit, i.e. between the internal device solution and the external service provider solution respectively, with tremendous benefits for the end user. Migration from vertical towards horizontal solutions, with tilting on device level, not only decreases costs but also hugely increases the flexibility for the introduction of new customised solutions. This article outlines a unique technology called XAS that enables automatic access selection for a requested services, based on qualifiers such as available bandwidth, QoS offered and connection costs. Clever implementation of this system will extend commercial utilisation further than just access selection. This system will be also enhance the performance of existing devices in terms of stand-by time and security. In addition, it will open vast oppurtunities to introduce new and exciting services based on the location of the user. The solution outlined is not merely a theoretical exercise, bus has already been built in a realistic pre-commercial demonstrator with which promising results have been obtained. Lucnet Technologies has filed a patent for the system concept.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)19-24
Number of pages6
JournalThe Institute of Telecommunications Professionals. Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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