Android for Enterprise Automated Systems

Android for Enterprise Automated Systems

Fahmi Ncibi (National High School of Engineering of Tunisia, Tunisia), Habib Hamam (Moncton University, Canada) and Ezzedine Ben Braiek (National High School of Engineering of Tunisia, Tunisia)
Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 24
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8841-4.ch002
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In this chapter, various aspects pertaining to the open operating system Android OS such as its history, architecture, features, and utility for business purposes will be introduced, following which the role of Android in enterprise management will be explained. The chapter will be concluded by a detailed report of the BYOD approach that uses Android for industrial control and automation. Since mobile devices have become progressively more powerful and accessible, mobile computing has greatly changed our daily lives. As one of the most popular mobile operating systems, Android provides the tools and API for Android developers to develop Android applications. Android is an open source operating system for mobile devices. Today its primary use is lodged in the mobile phone industry. During the recent past years, many projects have been created, with the objective to elevate Android to other platforms, such as sub-notebooks or embedded systems.
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The world of smartphones has developed rapidly in the recent years following the evolution of new technologies. Older mobile phone models are merely used to make phone calls and send SMS (short message) but nowadays, with the new features that can be embedded in mobile phones, they can be used to perform sophisticated tasks and answer professional needs. The needs of different users can now be filled with the mobile phone. Growth specifications and other advanced characteristics are now offered by mobile companies to attract users to the products they manufacture.

The request for access to corporate information and applications through mobile devices such as devices running Android, Apple's iPhone and iPad, Windows 7 Mobile or Blackberry, manufactured by the Canadian company RIM (Research in Motion), are surging as consumers’ preferences and behaviour become a top priority for the company's workforce.

The strikingly rapid rate of adoption of these technologies around the world has left many business managers wondering how to effectively position their firms to benefit from the dominant trends. The drive for mobility is part of the business technology agenda for most companies today.

Android is one of these technologies, which are spreading all over the world. It is an open source mobile operating system (system source is published) developed by Google company. Google produces the software and it can run in almost every mobile device of many manufacturers. In fact, there exist popular Android tablets as well. Android is a Linux-based software system; and similarly to Linux, it is a free and open source software. This means that other companies can utilize the Android operating system developed by Google and implement it in their mobile devices.

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