A performance test of the Zaurus PDA

title: A performance test of the Zaurus PDA
author: Jacques Weewer
published in: 2006
appeared as: Bachelor of Science thesis
Knowledge Based Systems group
Delft University of Technology
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The first hours after a crisis or disaster are critical period and has to be handled with care and as efficient as possible. In these first hours a lot of victims can be rescued and survive such a disaster. The longer it takes to get to the victims the more chance there will be that they die. The approach that was thought of can reduce more casualties. When there is a crisis situation almost all rescue workers walk around in a dynamic environment which can be dangerous. This can lead to communication problems between rescue workers. So there is an interesting part to help the rescue workers by giving them some kind of extra tool so they can inform each other. It is possible to do this on a wires available infrastructure. But what if this infrastructure is overload with people calling the emergency number, or this infrastructure is disabled by the crisis/disaster. In these cases there is a need for a wireless solution. At the University of Delft they thought of an other way. In which the PDA plays a central role. These PDA's are connected with each other in a wireless network. In order to communicate in a good manner with each other there must be some special wireless network in which all rescue workers are connected to each other. But how does this network work and does it work. And how does the chosen device handle all the things that it has to do. Is it capable of doing its tasks. This thesis describes some of the practical things of the chosen device that can be handed out to the rescue workers. The tests that are performed are only to benefit this complete project and to use as an advise report to think about the hardware specifications of the device and network communication layer that is being used.

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