End of Third day at Mobile Media

This Friday we had a great conclusion to a info packed event – the Mobile Media Conference in LA. We heard from corporate and grassroots. Jon Bostrom spoke about Nokia’s open software architecture. Nice to hear that Java is alive on cellphones. Dewayne Hendricks, Mike Outmesguine, Susan “Sooz” Kaup let us know how the people can create their own networks using open spectrum like wi-fi. Cool!

(The letters MI stand for MY IMPRESSION)

Mobile Media Con
Friday, April 29, 2005

Jon Bostrom, Senior director of Java in Tech Platforms, Nokia
Helped deploy the first java cell tech with NTT DoCoMo.

Mobil Edge Computing
Handsets should be easy to use and we shouldn’t have to administer them. They should just work.

All parts of the system should be Manageable
Nokia Lifeblog – Point…Click…Blog

Open communication platform. Makes the devices sold my Nokia more interesting.

Nokia N91 Phone
4GB HD audio Player
2M pixel camera

Open Environment (languages you can use to program for Nokia products)

Q: (from participant) What do you think about the other programming environments used by mobile carriers?
A: I like open standards. It fits the most people. Programmers, businesses

Middleware Services on the Edge
Ex. Quake gamming engine. Allows anyone to develop a game on top of the rendering engine. Less work. Don’t reinvent the wheel.

Nokia is trying to do the same with Java based middleware for phones.

Client Middleware

Examples of Middleware Services
+ Games Service
+ Picture Service
+ Music Service
+ Info Service

Mange the Edge – by infrastructure owner, Mobile Carriers
Real-time system Monitoring
Push and Pull Apps
Real-time Device Inspection
Remote Provisioning

MI: Big sales pitch for Nokia, Surprised? Seems like folks are wondering how this open model works with all the mobile carriers and their closed systems. I personally think the java based concept is brilliant. Open is good. But to get your phone to work with a service in America you need to buy it from a carrier. Those carriers may not let Java middleware play with there services. Internet access on your phone is key to bypassing internal network services. Also so many devices have crippled services. You can’t movw your sim card to another phone easily.

Q: (ME) Is there a java based web browser that can view straight html available for Nokia devices?
A: “Not “application quality” from Nokia. But there are some garage guys made browsers.”

MI: Having applications for mobile devices that can access the Internet as a whole (web browsers, ssh, email, etc) is ESSENTIAL to providing equal access to ALL and keeping the knowledge barrier low. Future proofing will only happen using Open architectures. Most mobile carriers have a business interest in having closed networks. If a tech they use deprecates that’s ok. They profit from several places by the rebuild of a new network system every few years .

Dewayne Hendricks, CEO, Dandin Group
Clarke’s 3rd law
First there was the transition from Foot Speed to Light Speed: First wireless communication

Then we have the transition from Light Speed to Warp Speed.

HAM radio operators have been creating wireless data networks since 1981
Wifi arrives and everyone becomes a HAM. You don’t need a license to broadcast.

U-NII services adopted in 1997
(Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure)
Open spectrum for wireless community networks. Still there.

Can 802.11 tech be piggy backed on U-NII spectrum?

Wireless internet 2

SFLan – 5MegaBit

Q: (participants) Who got the backhaul? (Upstream internet access)
A; The community


Darknet – content shared over the internet that is not searchable from Google and may not be linked via http.
P2p overlay over the global Internet
60%-80% of all global Internet traffic on internet
BitTorrent accounts for 50% of all traffic

Ex. Copies of the Daily Show are being shared via BitTorrent and available very quickly after real time broadcast

Mike Outmesguine, co-founder, SoCal Wireless Users group, President and founder, TrnasStellar

Demo of a solar powered backpack with a junction box that shares cell network internet access to be shared via WiFi. Aka the do it yourself Linux wonder called stompbox.

4.9 Ghz Public Safety band

voltaicsystems.com (solar bag)
lpbn.org (linux public broadcasting network)

You Come First – software to manage your personal wifi network
Digital hotspoter – small device to find wifi networks

Susan “Sooz” Kaup, BostonWAG (Wireless Advocacy Group)

BostonWAG website has:
Free Community Wi-Fi networks directory
HotSpot reviews

Boston Wi-Fi Summit, Access for Everyone
Thursday, May 19th
Science Park
Boston, MA
8:45am – 1pm

MI: The best way to scale and sustain a market is by using networks and apps that allow open access to the Internet.

Being more open to embracing a dialogue with others. Building Trust.
Ex. A big local paper started a conversation with an underground writer critic of the paper and found common ground. Solves issues from both sides. Resolves conflict.

Is advertising in media destroying consumers trust in media (ex. Newspapers)?
Andrew N.: No

MI: Nice tension in the room after the discussion of open wireless networks. Business folks who are concerned most about monetizing and meeting the bottom line are having a hard time understanding how open free stuff fits their world. Not surprising. It fits because consumers are no longer passive buyers. Their sophistication that corporations think they understood is all together a different thing. The american dream has helped to create independant thinkers. If everyone can acheive then everyone looks out for themselves. Ultimate buying power is just that. Power. Power to think different. Power to buy from someone who understands you.