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A method for remote online usage tracking for serverless mobile applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000235534D
Publication Date: 2014-Mar-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 62K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to collect mobile application usage information without user interaction and without dedicated server hosting.

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A method for remote online usage tracking for serverless mobile applications

The problem with serverless mobile applications (app) is the inability to acquire the necessary tracking and feedback. On the stand-alone client app, it is hard to send information to the server if there is no server or host . For example, feedback can be submitted by sending an email or message from the device ; however, it is not possible to select a secure message channel and there is no application server to which to send the messages for collection.

Mobile applications are often installed on a smart phone or tablet that has network access and basic communications apps such as email and messaging . These services can be accessed by third party mobile apps. A method of feedback can be to email information using the built-in mail app; however, there is little control over how that mail app works or whether the data is secure. Another possible method is to send feedback is from within the mobile app. This requires user interaction and the data must be collected on a remote server. The remote server could be an enterprise server that requires firewall access, but the mobile app does not provide such access . There is no

way to email or send usage data to an application server that is behind the firewall

without providing dedicated server access.

The solution is a method to collect mobile app usage information without user interaction and without dedicated server hosting. The core idea is to anonymously collect usage data using a third party server that is on the internet and aggregating the data from behind the firewall. The client sends non-critical data through any existing infrastructure to the designated internet server. The information is not confidential. It is no different from any web server collecting browser information . The data collected on...