My research in Information Systems, explored the area of open & closed interoperability standards adoption by vendors engaged in the development of technologies to support Ambient Intelligence (AmI). This research took place within Business Information Systems at University College Cork, Ireland.

What is Ambient Intelligence?

The emerging area of Ambient Intelligence (also sometimes referred to as Ubiquitous or Pervasive Computing) is enabled through the integration of a wide-range of technologies and communications methods. Some examples being, Wireless Sensor Networks and Actuators, RFID systems, advanced forms of User-Interfaces, as well as a range of personal mobile and/or wearable devices. Combinations of communication protocols which have been suggested include Bluetooth, GPRS, Wi-Fi, and NFC (Near Field Communication).

The combination of such technologies enables new applications where user experience is brought to the forefront, with the underlying technologies being made both unobtrusive and aware of the user’s context (for example, location, proximity to objects, tasks being undertaken).

Some examples of application areas include Smart-Home or office applications, healthcare services and wearable devices, as well as applications and services focusing on Object-to-object communication.

More information about Ambient Intelligence from Wikipedia…

Funding Acknowledgements

This research has received funding under:

  • The Government of Ireland Postgraduate Research Scholarship Scheme, awarded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Studies, (IRCHSS, 2006-07), and the
  • European Commission via IST Project 004337, CALIBRE, (2004-06).

14th Oct., 2009