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The Mobile People Architecture

The Mobile People Architecture,Mobile Computing and Communications Review,Guido Appenzeller,Kevin Lai,Petros Maniatis,Mema Roussopoulos,Edward Swierk,

The Mobile People Architecture   (Citations: 83)
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People are the outsiders in the current communications revolution. Computer hosts, pager terminals, and telephones are addressable entities throughout the Internet and telephony systems. Human beings, however, still need application-specic tricks to be identied, like email addresses, telephone numbers, and ICQ IDs. The key challenge today is to nd people and communicate with them personally, as opposed to communicating merely with their possibly inaccessible machines|cell phones that are turned o, or PCs on faraway desktops. We introduce the Mobile People Architecture, designed to meet this challenge. The main goal of this eort is to put the person, rather than the devices that the person uses, at the endpoints of a communication session. This architecture introduces the concept of routing between people. To that eect, we dene the Personal Proxy, which has a dual role: as a Tracking Agent, the proxy maintains the list of devices or applications through which a person is currently accessible; as a Dispatcher, the proxy directs communications and uses Application Drivers to massage communication bits into a format that the recipient can see immediately. It does all this while protecting the location privacy of the recipient from the message sender. Finally, we substantiate our architecture with ideas about a future prototype that allows the easy integration of new application protocols.
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