Adapting Mobile Devices for Seniors Usage - an Autonomic Management Approach


With the growth of the ageing population, smartphones are becoming a great weapon to fight social isolation among the elderly population. However, smartphone services and application parameters are difficult to configure, especially to the less experienced users, such as older adults. The usage of remote management protocols allows mobile operators to provide configuration parameters for those applications and services without the need of any user interaction.

However, remote management protocols are still not widely adopted by mobile operators, who usually implement proprietary solutions with elevated operational costs. The goal of this project was to develop a remote management solution using open and well established remote management protocols, which is able to manage application data and configuration on Windows Phone 7 (WP7) devices.

The developed solution uses the Open Mobile Alliance Device Management (OMA DM) protocol to manage application data on mobile devices and is composed of three main components: Remote Management Server, Remote Management Library and Administration Interface. The Remote Management Server follows OMA DM specification and is the entity responsible for managing application data in mobile devices. The Remote Management Library synchronizes application data with remote management servers following OMA DM specification.

The Administration Interface allows system administrators to manage synchronized application data, as well as user credentials and devices. The final product of this project, is a remote management solution using open remote management standards, able to manage WP7 application configuration parameters and data, in a seamless way to the user. This document presents the technologies and protocols used in this project, as well as design and implementation details. The developed components were tested in order to evaluate the overall solution and propose possible improvements.


Author: Eduardo Santos

Type: MSc thesis

Partner: Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto

Year: 2012