Web Services in Ad-Hoc and Mobile Infrastructure
Web services are emerging as the architecture for future service
internetworking. At present, they are mainly used for systems
where service providers are located in the fixed network and
have an access to virtually unlimited resources regarding memory,
processing capacity and bandwidth. Clients, on the other hand,
can be located anywhere, including mobile devices. However, the
transformation of web service techniques to an ad-hoc environment
introduces a challenge that has not yet been solved conclusively.
In this initiative, we build on top of experiences learned in
Tekes-funded projects SESSI (2004-2005), and GO-MM (2000-2005),
where ad-hoc networking and networked user interfaces have been
studied, but extend the scope to web services.
The purpose of the initiative is to build a web-service based
networking infrastructure, which would enable ad-hoc web services
and their interworking with web services in fixed networks. The
infrastructure will be encapsulated into a tool environment, which
will be made publicly available via open source community.
A proof-of-concept business application is explored and a
respective technical implementation will be developed for a
selected line of business, i.e., airline passenger transport.
The developed web service techniques are general and apply to
many business areas including transport and logistics, traveling,
trade fairs, concerts and other mass events; enterprise services
can also be supported like marketing, eBusiness and customer
relationship management. The project may select other use-cases
to be analyzed, to be later decided in the steering group.
Wesahmi is a joint project by University of Helsinki, Tampere
University of Technology, and Helsinki University of Technology.
The latter hosts official