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Synchronization in a Wireless World: Can SyncML handle the task?
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Microelectronics and Information Technology, IMIT. (CCSlab)
2001 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The increasing number of devices being used and the growing number of people that update the same information are driving the need for synchronization. There are a number of factors that contribute to the complexity of synchronization, these include networking technologies, communication protocols, mark up languages, data formats, etc. Until now there have been a number of vendors who have provided rather limited synchronization solutions, these have all been proprietary synchronization solutions which have not been interoperable or widely adopted. Today most synchronization solutions are hard to use, they often require installation of additional software and involve complex configuration setup.

The SyncML Initiative is a relatively new industry initiative that has designed and developed a single, common data synchronization protocol that can be used industry-wide. Driving the initiative are Ericsson, IBM, Lotus, Motorola, Nokia, Palm Inc., Psion, and Starfish Software. SyncML is designed especially with the wireless world’s tight bandwidth and storage requirements in mind. The SyncML Initiative claims that "SyncML is the optimal choice for mobile synchronization."

Today Microsoft is not a supporter of the SyncML Initiative. As Microsoft is a very involved in the world of data communication via software on personal computers and back end servers, and now software for handheld devices and mobile terminals, it was of great importance that Microsoft gain an insight into present and emerging standards and technologies in the wireless space. This report gives an overview of SyncML in the market place as well as a technical overview of the various elements of the SyncML protocol. It contains an analysis of SyncML based on these factors in order to establish if SyncML will succeed in achieving its goals. The report concludes with some recommendations based on the outcome of my analysis.

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2001. , 85 p.
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Communication Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-93280OAI: diva2:515514
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Master of Science in Engineering - Electrical Engineering
2001-07-06, IMIT Seminar room, Forum, Isafjordsgatan 39, Kista, 10:30 (English)
Available from: 2012-04-20 Created: 2012-04-13 Last updated: 2013-09-09Bibliographically approved

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