Project #72652 - Wireless Networks and Pervasive Computing

Wireless Networks and Pervasive Computing

Assignment Overview

The Case for this module involves a tragedy and a potential silver lining. The devastation from disasters in Haiti and New Orleans needs no elaboration here; you all saw the pictures. What is interesting is a piece of the technological aftermath—the use of wireless networks. Here are stories describing the situation:

Frank Hayes. Big Easy Wi-Fi. Computerworld. December 5, 2005, (This is a seminal source that is extremely relevant today) from

Nguyen, A. (2011). London undergroun to roll out Wi-Fi at 120 tube stations. ComputerWorld.

Marguerite Reardon. New Orleans to offer free Wi-Fi. ZDNet News: May 15, 2010

And here is a thread from Slashdot, the tabloid web site for the high-tech community, debating some aspects of this situation

New Orleans to Deploy Free Wi-Fi City Wide. Slashdot.

and USAToday

The background information contains a large number of references to deployment of wireless technologies and to their availability in a wide variety of settings, both corporate and urban. You are strongly encouraged also to do further research using search tools in this area, since this is a breaking story, and by the time you get around to doing this module, odds are that the situation will have changed again; you don't want to look silly by presenting information that is now been rendered obsolete by breaking events. The underlying issues of course remain salient. (Note: Katrina and the Haiti earthquakes are no longer "breaking stories")

Case Assignment

When you have reviewed these materials and done your own research (please be sure to use appropriate citations for any material that you collect on their own), please write a short (5-7 page) paper addressing the question:

Deploying a Wi-Fi hook-ups in disaster reliefwhat are the considerations?

In preparing your answer, you might want to consider the following questions:

  1. How complicated is it to deploy this technology?
  2. Who will pay the costs and who will obtain the benefits?
  3. Where is this technology going in the long run?

Assignment Expectations

Length: Follow the number of pages required in the assignment excluding cover page and references. Each page should have about 300 words.

Assignment-driven criteria (25 points): Demonstrates clear understanding of the subject and addresses all key elements of the assignment.

Critical thinking (10 points): Demonstrates mastery conceptualizing the problem. Shows analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of required material.

Scholarly writing (5 points): Demonstrates writing proficiency at the academic level of the course; addresses the Learning Outcomes of the assignment.

Quality of references (4 points) and assignment organization (3 points): Uses relevant and credible sources to support assertions. Assignment is well organized and follows the structure of a well-written paper.

Citing sources (3 points): Uses in-text citations and properly formats references in APA style.

Subject Computer
Due By (Pacific Time) 06/09/2015 12:00 am
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