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Title: Improving communications with Bluetooth enabled collaborative middleware in mobile ad-hoc networks
Author: Gao, Feng
ISNI:       0000 0004 2696 5927
Awarding Body: University of Salford
Current Institution: University of Salford
Date of Award: 2010
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The main aim of the research presented in this Thesis was to investigate 'how can collaborative middleware based CWE (Collaborative Working Environment), combined \\ith Bluetooth technology, enhance the communications of mobile users.' The high level collaborative middleware is a RTD (Research and Technology Development) challenge and one of most desirable medium to long term research outputs for CWEs. This research activity outlines a collaborative middleware that has been developed on Smartphone technology and enables the creation of a multi-user collaborative \\orking environment via a Bluetooth wireless communications network. A Bluetooth network as a type of ad-hoc network works on the mobile devices that have the ability to dynamically form connections with each other to create a network, called MANET (Mobile Ad-hoc Network). To achieve this aim, it started \\ith discussing the ke\ design parameters, and then the design of collaborative middleware with collaborative functionality; followed by the development and iterative modification of the middleware and applications until fully mature; ended by completed a SWOT (Strengths. Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis and a comparison test with focus group to determine the collaborative middleware's potential impact to improve communications between users. The result of the evaluation conclude that Bluetooth enabled collaborative middleware can improve the communications of mobile ad-hoc networks. This research also provides two key areas of contribution. Firstly it provides an evolutionary step for the creation of new collaborative applications. Secondly, it has optimised the use of Bluetooth beyond the functionality for which it was originally designed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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