Project Centaurus: A Framework for Indoor Mobile Services

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In an age where wirelessly networked appliances and devices are becoming commonplace, there is a necessity for connecting them to work together for a mobile user. The design outlined in this paper provides an infrastructure and communication protocol for providing services to these mobile devices. This flexible framework allows any medium to be used for communication between the system and the portable device, including infrared, radio frequency, and Bluetooth. Using Extensible Markup Language for information passing gives the system a uniform and easily adaptable interface. We explain our trade-offs in implementation, and through experiments, we show that the design is feasible and that it indeed provides a flexible structure for providing services.

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