Pervasive Systems and Ubiquitous Computing
Authors: A. GENCO and S. SORCE, University of Palermo, Italy
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Pervasive systems are today’s hardware/software solution to Mark Weiser’s 1991 vision of Ubiquitous Computing, with the aim of enabling everyone to enjoy computer services by means of the surrounding environment. Mainly thanks to low cost wireless communication technology and small portable personal devices, pervasive services can now be implemented easily. Advanced local or network applications can be joined everywhere simply by means of a mobile terminal like the ones we already carry (cellular, PDA, smartphone ...). Pervasive systems aim to free people from conventional interaction with desktop and laptop computers and allow a new human–environment interaction to take place on the basis of wireless multimedia communication.
This book on pervasive systems discusses the theory fundamentals of pervasive systems as they are currently studied and developed in the most relevant research laboratories.