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Havinga, P.J.M. and Jansen, P.G. and Lijding, M.E.M. and Scholten, J. (2004) Smart Surroundings. In: 5th PROGRESS Symposium on Embedded Systems, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands. pp. 58-63. Technology Foundation STW. ISBN 90-73461-41-3
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Ambient systems are networked embedded systems integrated with everyday environments and supporting people in their activities. These systems will create a Smart Surrounding for people to facilitate and enrich daily life and increase productivity at work. Such systems will be quite different from current computer systems, as they will be based on an unbounded set of hardware artefacts and software entities, embedded in everyday objects or realized as new types of device. The Smart Surroundings research program is investigating a new paradigm for bringing the flexibility of information technology to bear in every aspect of daily life. Our approach to enable ambient systems depends on highly distributed, reliable, and secure information systems that can evolve and adapt to radical changes in their environment, delivering information services that adapt to the people and the services that use them. These distributed systems must easily and naturally integrate devices, ranging from tiny sensors and actuators to hand-held information appliances. Such devices will be connected primarily by short-range wireless networks, as well as by high-bandwidth local backbones.
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