HP's building an avatar to manage your mobile connections

The company is developing a cloud-based service to manage devices and connections based on context

By , IDG News Service |  Mobile & Wireless

HP researchers are talking with other groups in the company about how to turn the avatar technology into products. HP's services group may offer it in conjunction with BTO (business technology optimization) software to help enterprises manage mobile use of their applications. The company is also interested in delivering Mobile Personal Grid on a PAAS (platform as a service) basis to mobile operators, who could run it on HP's cloud but offer it under their own brands, Congdon said.

The company doesn't have a forecast for when its mobile avatars will become available, though. There are still issues to be worked out. For example, if an enterprise set up a mobile avatar for an employee and that same employee got one from a carrier, those avatars might not make the same decisions. It's not yet clear how to prevent this "dueling avatar" problem, Congdon said, though there are mechanisms for avatars to communicate with one another.

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage and networking technologies for The IDG News Service. Follow Stephen on Twitter at @sdlawsonmedia. Stephen's e-mail address is stephen_lawson@idg.com

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