Handover protocol

Updated April 17, 2017

Handover protocol is used as a general term for describing the conditions or rules under which something changes hands. It is used in computers, electronics, science, real estate and medicine.

Computers & Wireless

In computer or wireless telecommunications, a handover protocol specifies the conditions under which data can be transferred from one device to another. These conditions may include the translation of data between one device and another. They may also include the necessary security conditions.


In medicine, handover protocols generally involve the transfer of a patient from one department, hospital or doctor to another. These protocols act as a checklist of the conditions that must be met to insure that patient records are transferred and that everyone is informed on the patients details and condition.

Real Estate

In real estate, a handover protocol involves the transfer or property. The goal is to insure that appropriate financial conditions and the physical condition of the property are met for the protection of both parties.

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Justin Beach has been writing for more than a decade, contributing to a variety of online publications. He has a Bachelor of Science in computer information systems and additional education in business, economics, political science, media and the arts.