Networking — Something Good to Know

January 8, 2014

Wireless Signal Level Based Intelligent Mobile Device Capability/Function Control

Filed under: Uncategorized — conningtech @ 8:40 pm

With the integration of more and more capabilities (such as static or video camera functions, recording functions and so on) into mobile devices, and with more and more varieties of services (voice call, video call, SMS, file/picture sharing, webRTC, chat, various OTT applications etc.) provided to the mobile devices, it is more and more convenient and flexible for a user to do activities of his/her interest at anytime and anywhere by a lot of means using his/her mobile devices.  A lot of these communication activities, however, will rely on certain wireless signal strength and traffic channel quality of service (QoS) levels, such as available average and top/bottom speed, retransmission rate, error rate and so on.

 

The wireless signal level based mobile device capability control provides a method that allows to control the communication capabilities of a mobile device based on the real-time wireless signal strength and traffic channel QoS  measurements and the user’s preference configuration. In brief, a functional module resides in the mobile device keeps monitoring the real-time wireless signal strength and the traffic channel QoS levels, and check them against the owner’s preference configurations and controls (e.g. enable, disable and any other possible forms of control) the use of the mobile communication capabilities (such as voice call, video call, SMS, file/picture sharing, webRTC, chat, various OTT applications etc.) so that a specific communication capability (e.g. video calls) can only be placed when a certain wireless signal strength and certain QoS levels can be achieved at the use time. Such controls can be turned on or off by owners on their wills.

 

In addition to the real-time QoS measurement by the mobile device itself, QoS measurement can also be done by any existing or new network elements, and in this case, network measured QoS values can be delivered to the mobile device to help with the communication capability control decision making.

 

When user launches a function/capability/application that will need certain wireless signal strength and/or traffic channel QoS guarantees, a prompt can be raised to alter user for allow/disallow the function/capability/application.

 

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