Mobile Databases

With the evolution of WAP specifications and better mobile device features, mobile computing is becoming popular day by day. Some technologies used that play an important role in wireless evolution and mobile computing are: WAP (Wireless Application Protocol), WML (Wireless Markup Language), XML (Extended Markup Language). Mobile Databases are considered an integral part of Mobile Computing.

Mobile Computing

The enhancements in wireless technology have led us to mobile computing. Mobility is the key to growth for various companies now. Mobile solutions provide mobility in applications. The competitive market of today has allowed many companies to evolve so as to implement mobile services in their domains.

With the increasing number of mobile computing uses, the number of mobile products is increasing, so is the use of mobile technologies. This is also very useful for professionals remotely working on a project. It is optimal for dispersed organizations. Still some challenges are prevalent in mobile computing applications such as transactional databases and mobile computing architectural problems.

It makes the businesses more flexible and focused on customer satisfaction and effective in performance. Mobile devices play an important role in today’s generation to perform various day-to-day tasks. In a mobile computing environment, a distributed architecture is followed where fixed host servers are connected via a network. Fixed hosts are general-purpose computers. Various digital assistants and mobile devices that use cellular services can be used in.

Mobile Services

How to access data in your website? Various applets are available for connecting databases over the web/mobile apps. Some are listed here:

1. Dynamo DB

2. Couchbase

Mobile Databases

As remote work is picking up around the globe, the involvement of mobile databases is increasing day by day. Mobile databases provide solutions to overcome some limitations faced by mobile users such as cost and security. Mobile databases have access to corporate data over devices such as smartphones and laptops. It provides database connectivity to the mobile application.

Basic Components of Mobile Databases

1. Corporate/Business database server

2. Remote database (manage and store mobile data)

3. Mobile Database platform

4. 2-way communication link

The requirements may vary based on the type of mobile device. Mobile data can be classified as public, private and shared. Private cannot be shared with anyone.

The communication between the mobile databases and corporate databases can be intermittent based on the application in use.

Mobile Database Management and Processing

Mobile DBMS now offer mobile-based services for the development of applications on mobile devices. A variety of relational database management systems use only a limited computing capacity. 

Mobile Databases

Some features of mobile DBMS are:

  • Centralized database server and a mobile device
  • Manage and analyze data on a mobile computing device
  • Create mobile applications
  • Capturing data from multiple sources over the internet.

Related Technologies for Mobile Databases

Hardware Technologies

Appropriate processing powers and strong hardware features are a must for better mobile database functionalities. Another important aspect to consider is the storage capabilities. The mobile database capabilities can be extended to laptops and PCs. As more technologies come in, mobile computing hardware is becoming more efficient and powerful.

Communication Technologies

Mobile applications require satellite and radio communication capabilities so as to connect with the host database of the parent organization. Sometimes the mobile devices are not continuously connected to the enterprise database, so in this case the mobile device does information exchange over a short period of time of connection. Various new technologies are making mobile databases more usable at remote locations.

Application-based Technologies

The applications related to mobile databases can also include cloud computing abilities with strong connectivity to the World Wide Web. These applications should be internet-enabled with easy to use interface. The applications must be easy to maneuver to use all its features to the fullest.

The applications must be compact and lightweight and must be developed taking into consideration the database server’s manageability, functionalities, and dependency. Also, strong replication functionality is also required for mobile applications to synchronize and operate efficiently.

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