Date of Award


Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science Honours


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

First Supervisor

Maurice Danaher


This thesis presents the results of an honours project on the development of a security system for use on mobile devices. Mobile Home Security (MHS) is a prototype system that aimed to fully investigate a potential use of the wireless high-speed technology General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) in transmitting video from a static location. This thesis Mobile Home Security with GPRS describes in detail the design and developmental stages for the system. The research focused on the sending of video from a security capture device over a high speed radio network. The first stage of the research involved the design and development of a prototype system. In the next stage three critical aspects of the system were studied, capturing of video, transfer of security video over a packet network and the playback of the video. Test cases were performed in succession and measurements were obtained to study for deficiencies in the MHS system. Transfers of video over the different proposed GPRS network speeds and quality video playback on a mobile computing device were examined to determine the optimum settings for the system. The results from the test cases proved that the MHS system can be effectively used as a wireless security system. The successful implementation of the MHS system provided a positive indication that the MHS system and other video applications like it can utilise the high speed GPRS network to provide wireless video based solutions.