UConnect- Connection Management Platform
Manage Network Connection - Configure Client device, Search for best(prioritize) network, Connect and maintain connections. Provides an intuitive interface to Discover, Configure, Control and Connect to different Network technologies
Manage connections in Hybrid Networks - When LTE is rolled out, it will not replace 3G/2G, but augment it. So, a CM should maintain the connection as the LTE devices moves out of LTE coverage, and roll back to 3G/2G. Also supports WiFi offloading
Support for both Hosted and Host-less Modes - Architecture offers the flexibility to run in both CPEs as well as user devices
Manage Multiple data connections - With LTE, many connections with varying QoS may have to be actively managed over UConnect
Support "APN Aware" Applications - Support apps that are built for 4G networks. UConnect will manage multiple secondary EPS bearer contexts
UConnect - Device Profiles
UConnect can work in 3 different Device profiles
Desktop/Laptop - where UConnect runs as an application on the host. UConnect here manages connections of various technologies like WiFi, 3G, 4G/LTE etc and also provides detailed statistics for each of the technologies.
Phone/Tablet - where UConnect runs as an app on the device. There could be a need for UConnect to leverage management frameworks on the device, depending on the OS. An example is UConnect running on an Android phone and utilising the Telephony framework on the same.
Connected Device - where UConnect is embedded into a device such as a Camera, Set Top Box, Gaming console etc. The target device would have WiFi, Data connectivity capabilities, which would be managed by UConnect.
UConnect for Phones/Tablets
Phones and Tablets have multiple network connections in the form of Data and WiFi networks.
UConnect on a phone switches between a Data and a WiFi connection.
The switch between networks can be user-driven (Manual) or Automatic. In the case of an automatic switch, UConnect switches to a known WiFi network from an existing Data connection, when the priority of WiFi is kept higher.
A switch from WiFi to a data connection is also done, when the WiFi network goes out of range.
UConnect offers a unique feature to Smartphones and tablets called ANDSF - Access Network Discovery and Selection Function.