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Flower – Framework for Local Wireless Services

Flower — Framework for Local Wireless Services

Local wireless services provide content that is accessible only at the immediate vicinity of the service access point. Local services are accessed normally either with mobile phone or palmtop computer equipped with appropriate content, eg, WAP (Wireless Application Protocol), browser and suitable short-range communication method like Bluetooth or WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network). The limited service area distinguishes local services from cellular network, eg, GSM, based services that are accessible in fairly broad geographical area. Proximity of the user enables local services to provide content that is both location-dependent and meaningful for the user only at that precise location. This fact and charge-free local communication bearer services make local service concept ideal for providing services like local information kiosks, guidance, m-payment and ticketing services, games, entertainment, advertising and remote control solutions, as illustrated in Figure 1. Effort to build local wireless services is substantially decreased by the novel framework called Flower (Framework for Local Wireless Services) which provides an easy-to-use programming interface for the developers of local service applications.

Links: {Wireless LAN} {Wi-Fi} {ERCIM News No. 50} {ERCIMathematics} {VTT} {Smart buys Filipino wireless services firm} {WOLFPAC} {EurepGAP flower protocol}


protocol - 1541, as prothogall "draft of a document," from M.Fr. prothocole (c.1200), from M.L. protocollum "draft," lit. "the first sheet of a volume" (on which contents and errata were written), from Gk. protokollon "first sheet glued onto a manuscript," from protos "first" + kolla "glue." Sense developed in M.L. and M.Fr. from "official account" to "official record of a transaction," "diplomatic document," and finally, in Fr., to "formula of diplomatic etiquette." Meaning "diplomatic rules of etiquette" first recorded 1896, from French; general sense of "conventional proper conduct" is from 1952. "Protocols of the (Learned) Enders of Zion," Rus. anti-Semitic forgery purporting to reveal Jewish plan for world domination, first published in Eng. 1920 under title "The Jewish Peril."

{Protocol (computing)} In computing, a protocol is a convention or standard that controls or enables the connection, communication, and data transfer between two computing endpoints. In its simplest form, a protocol can be defined as the rules governing the syntax, semantics, and synchronization of communication. Protocols may be implemented by hardware, software, or a combination of the two. At the lowest level, a protocol defines the behavior of a hardware connection. Protocols should be distinguished from technical standards, which variously specify how to build a computer or related hardware device, or how the contents of a file are structured, or describe the static structure of a network interface. Protocols are generally used to define real-time communications behavior, while standards are used to govern the structure of information committed to long-term storage ..The widespread use and expansion of communications protocols is both a prerequisite to the Internet, and a major contributor to its power and success. See: disambiguation.

{Texting as a Business Tool} LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET, PHILIPPINES – Their profits are several zeroes short of what the big telecommunications companies are raking in, but there are still smiles all around among the flower growers of Benguet, up in the mountainous Philippine north. Business has never been better, after all, and for the last several years, it’s been largely because of something called “short message service” or SMS, better known as “texting” among Filipinos.

{Short message service} (SMS) is a service available on most digital mobile phones that permits the sending of short messages (also known as text messages, messages, or more colloquially SMSes, texts or even txts) between mobile phones, other handheld devices and even landline telephones (though the service availability of SMS to landline telephones does not appear to be available in the U.S.) Other uses of text messaging can be for ordering ringtones, wallpapers and entering competitions ... The most frequent SMS'ers are found in south-east Asia. In Singapore, hundreds of messages can be sent per month for free, after which messages cost between SGD 0.05 and SGD 0.07 each to send. The same pricing format is followed in the Philippines where the average user sent 2,300 messages in 2003, making it the world's most avid SMS nation. SMS is a part in almost all marketing campaigns, advocacy, and entertainment. In fact, SMS is so inexpensive (messages cost PHP 1.00 (about USD 0.02) to send), influential, powerful, and addictive for Filipinos that several local dotcoms like Chikka Messenger, GoFISH Mobile, and Bidshot now fully utilise SMS for their services.

{wireless information society} But the information society is not just about wireless or wireless connectivity to the global information infrastructure. It is about content that is accessible, communities that congregate online and offline, embedded and emerging cultural attitudes, commercial and other motives behind such activities, an attitude of cooperation and lifelong learning, and a capacity for creating and governing such information spaces. The wireless information society is not just about passively using "black box" technologies, but about actively creating and shaping the underlying technical, information and service infrastructure.

{RP: A Global Leader in Mobile Applications?} We've seen how the creativity of Filipino short messaging service (SMS) application developers has attracted world acclaim (e.g. Smart Communications' Smart Money mobile banking service which received the "Most Innovative Wireless GSM Service for Customers' Award" from the Cannes GSM Association in 2001, and Globe Telecom's G-Cash which picked up its own GSMA Award from the same association early this year). Clearly, ours is not only a country of avid texters but of skilled mobile applications developers as well ... You'll be surprised to know that advanced mobile telecoms companies in the US like Verizon and Cingular, and even Asia's SingTel come here to study and learn from our local market. They have people come here on a regular basis to observe how the market moves, and how our innovative mobile applications could be used in other markets. And they are very interested in understanding how SMS-based applications have changed the way people here use their cellphones.

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