Wireless Developer Network Glossary
ACID - ACID is an acronym and mnemonic device for learning and remembering the four primary attributes ensured to any transaction by a transaction manager (which is also called a transaction monitor). These attributes are: Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, and Durability.
ActiveX - ActiveX is the name Microsoft has given to a set of "strategic" COM-based object-oriented program technologies and tools.
ADC - Analog-to-digital conversion is an electronic process in which a continuously variable (analog) signal is changed, without altering its essential content, into a multi-level (digital) signal.
ADSL - Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line. A technology for transmitting digital information at high bandwidths on existing phone lines to homes and businesses.
Air Interface - The standard operating system of a wireless network; technologies include AMPS, TDMA, CDMA and GSM.
Algorithm - A procedure or formula for solving a problem.
AMPS - Advanced Mobile Phone Service. An analog cellular phone service standard used in the USA and other countries.
API - An API (application program interface) is the specific method prescribed by a computer operating system or by another application program by which a programmer writing an application program can make requests of the operating system or another application.
ASP - An application service provider (ASP) is a company that offers individuals or enterprises access over the Internet to application programs and related services that would otherwise have to be located in their own personal or enterprise computers.
ATM - Asynchronous Transfer Mode. ATM (asynchronous transfer mode) is a dedicated-connection switching technology that organizes digital data into 53-byte cell units and transmits them over a physical medium using digital signal technology.
Auto PC - An in-vehicle combination AM/FM radio, Windows CE-based computer, compact disc and CD-ROM player, wireless phone and navigational system. The units are about the size of a typical car stereo.
AVL - Automatic Vehicle Location. Combining a location-sensing device (such as a GPS receiver) with a wireless communications link to provide a home office or dispatcher with the location of a vehicle or mobile asset (such as a trailer or heavy machinery).