Research Approach

The study is being conducted in two phases using complementary research approaches.

Phase one of the study is based on "Elite Interviews" which provide an in-depth understanding of issues impacting standards adoption. Categories of key commercial stakeholders engaged in research and/or development in the area of Ambient Intelligence oriented technologies were identified. Key personnel from within the Standardisation and the Technology Development divisions of both small and large organisations based in Europe and the US have been interviewed.

The analysis of these interviews, and existing research in the area, provides the basis for the second phase of the study, a model of standards adoption. This model is tested using a web-based survey. The focus of the survey is a diverse set of organisations from within the classifications identified above. In doing so, a comprehensive picture of the issues impacting stakeholder categories will be provided .