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  • MCPC Releases Guidelines for Mobile System Design
  • March 9, 1999 (TOKYO) — The Mobile Computing Promotion Consortium (MCPC) published a set of guidelines covering enterprise system implementation for mobile computers.
    The guidelines describe a principle for deploying an easy-to-use information system for users of mobile computers or personal digital assistants (PDAs) in remote places. The guidelines are being distributed to the member companies of the consortium.

    According to the consortium, the guidelines cover data processing methods by application, the benefits of using mobile devices and measures to solve a variety of issues.

    For example, a mobile system will accelerate the processing speed of transactions on the spot in such applications as logistics and sales management. On the other hand, the guidelines recommend that only a part of the application be processed by the mobile device to reduce the load on its CPU.

    Also, the guidelines refer to required features and functions for servers accessed by mobile computers. The basic features must include automatic line disconnection when data transfer is completed, a capability for automatically reconnecting the line when data transfer is interrupted and a monitoring feature for all packets transferred.

    The guidelines say that optional features may include proxy capability to use a Web and email protocol like IMAP4.

    Miscellaneous items include ways to manage network products and communication lines, and items concerning the communication protocol to be implemented.

    MCPC was established in June 1997 to promote mobile computer usage. It has 74 member companies, including computer makers, communications carriers and publishers.

    (BizTech News Dept.)

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