FMS M-Tier Technology

A Solution-Centric Enterprise Mobility Platform

The foundation of @hand software is the @hand M-Tier® Platform. M-Tier is a patented software technology that provides the infrastructure necessary to support mission-critical mobile computing. Within an @hand solution environment, M-Tier manages the following:

  • Data aggregation and connectivity to back-end data sources
  • Data distribution and mobile data synchronization services
  • Application deployment and versioning
  • Mobile communications and error recovery
  • Security; encryption and access control

Leveraging mobile technology standards and an open architecture, M-Tier is designed to work within customers’ existing IT environments and to provide mobile solutions that are always-available, easily-managed, and secure.  M-Tier allows mobile solution development teams to focus on high-value UI design and business logic configuration, while M-Tier manages the complexities of orchestrating data and transactions to connected or occasionally-connected devices.

M-Tier Components

@hand M-Tier Server
The central component of the @hand M-Tier Platform is the M-Tier Server. As a specially-designed mobile application server, it provides an intelligent processing layer between enterprise systems and @hand applications. Features include mobile transaction processing, data distribution, application deployment, and version management. A store-and-forward design promotes availability, scalability, and the flexibility to integrate non-intrusively with existing enterprise systems.

@hand M-Tier Clients
@hand Clients are deployed to each mobile device used for an @hand application. As an embedded companion to the solution client (application), the M-Tier Client manages software installation, user authentication, network communication, transaction integrity, and local data processing. M-Tier Clients are available for a broad range of devices, including handhelds, tablets, and laptops.

@hand M-Tier Administrator
@hand provides a graphical administrative console for managing solution components, such as applications, devices, user settings, and deployments. The Administrator also provides features for reporting message logs and monitoring system events.