University of Portsmouth senior lecturer Mohamed Gaber is researching how smartphones could be combined to quickly collect and process information without using centralized computers. Gaber says the combined processing power of smartphones could revolutionize healthcare monitoring, crime fighting, and live business intelligence. "This is the first time a method has been found to stream information collected from smartphones working together," he says.
The data-streaming method does not interfere with the phones' normal use. Tests have shown that as few as eight mobile devices can each handle up to 40 percent of all possible measurements in a network setting, according to Gaber. "It is the combination of the power and the acquired data on each device that would make the difference," he says.
The new method would allow for data analysis to be more localized, and the processing speed would be much faster and cheaper than sending the data to a central hub.
From University of Portsmouth
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