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Personal mobile services


Ubiquitous information access through mobile devices has become a typical practice in everyday life. The mobile service paradigm shifts the role of mobile devices from consumers to providers, opening up new opportunities for a multitude of collaborative services and applications ranging from sharing personal information to collaborative participatory sensing. Although many basic principles of the standard Web service approach continue to apply, the inherent constraints of mobile devices and broadband wireless access render the deployment of the standard architecture in mobile environments inefficient. This paper introduced personal services, a user-centric paradigm that enables service-oriented interactions among mobile devices that are controlled via user-specified authorization policies. Personal services exploit the user’s contact list (ranging from phonebook to social lists) in order to publish and discover Web services while placing users in full control of their own personal data and privacy. Experimental validation demonstrates the ability of personal services to foster a new generation of collaborative mobile services. Performance evaluation results show that the publication and discovery through contact lists are efficient and that service announcements and discovery requests can reach a huge number of users in a few seconds. Results also support a conclusion that resources-constrained devices can collaborate to carry out functionalities beyond the ability of their resources limitations.

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Elgazzar, K., Martin, P. & Hassanein, H.S. Personal mobile services. SOCA 10, 55–70 (2016).

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  • Mobile services
  • Mobile devices
  • Personal services
  • Service oriented