Communication support for mobile collaborative work: An experimental study. http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/S0219622012400147Revista : International Journal of Information Technology & Decision Making
Volumen : 11
Número : 6
Páginas : 1035-1066
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación
Advances in mobile computing and wireless communication are easing the evolution from traditional nomadic work to computer-mediated mobile collaborative work. Technology allows efficient and effective interaction among mobile users and it also provides access to shared resources available to them. However, the features and capabilities of the communication infrastructure supporting these activities influence the type of coordination and collaboration employed by mobile collaborative applications in real work scenarios. Developers of these applications are typically unaware of the constraints the communication infrastructure imposes on mobile collaborative systems, because they are not easy to foresee. That leads to a high probability of communication problems in otherwise fully functional mobile collaborative support applications. This paper presents an experimental study with real devices and networks on a realistic physical environment that shows how ad-hoc networks can effectively support mobile collaborative work and the practical limitations. The article analyzes several networking issues and it determines how they influence mobile collaborative work in various interaction scenarios. The paper also presents the lessons learned in the study and it provides recommendations to deal with some networking issues related to real-world ad hoc networks.