Date of Award


Document Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Engineering (Research)


Electronic Engineering

First Advisor

Mr. Fergus O'Reilly


The continuing evolution of wireless networks and services has increased the complexity and diversity of wireless networks and devices, placing significant emphasis on the need for flexible device configuration management. Widely varying wireless technologies currently operate independently worldwide, making global wireless network access for the mobile user confusing and unwieldy. New technologies, network access methodologies and improved services further obscure the evolving environment. The focus of effort for this thesis is the development of a system to automate the distribution and management of software and hardware configurations that enable different levels of wireless device reconfiguration. The scope of investigation will address the feasibility and development of techniques to centrally store and manage software and hardware configurations, automate the distribution of configurations to wireless devices Over-The-Air and provide mechanisms to receive and install those configurations onto the wireless device. The constraints imposed by operation in the wireless telecommunications domain are dealt with throughout the thesis. They include the diversity of communications networks, the heterogeneity of wireless device and capabilities, and the complexity of distributing the correct configuration to match device constraints.


Submitted to the Higher Education & Training Awards Council, August 2003

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