Method and apparatus for providing mobile and other intermittent connectivity in a computing environment

  • US 7,574,208 B2
  • Filed: 08/10/2006
  • Issued: 08/11/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/09/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A mobile network including:

  • at least one mobile device wirelessly connected to the network via at least one network point of attachment, said at least one mobile device being capable of roaming between network points of attachment and being capable of detecting a change in network topology when roaming, said mobile device executing at least one user computing application, andat least one server coupled to said network, said mobile device communicating with said server via said network,said mobile network including a policy control arrangement that applies policy rules based on metrics including mobile device location,wherein said policy control arrangement applies said policy rules using policy decisionmaking that is distributed between said at least one mobile device and said server,wherein the server provides for central administration of the policy rules and policy decisionmaking, and effects distribution of at least some of said policy rules and said policy decisionmaking authority to the mobile device, andwherein the mobile device makes at least one policy decision, and can enforce said at least one policy decision to affect said at least one user computing application while roaming between network points of attachment.

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