Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Creating intelligent environments

14.05.2003


Ambient intelligence is likely to be a novel concept for many but perhaps others will link it to advances in IC technologies. In fact, ambient intelligence wishes to create active environments capable of adapting at all times to the needs of the end-user. To achieve this aim, techniques based on context aware ubiquitous computing are used.



But, what are the needs of the end-user? And does a handicapped person have the same needs as others? Or an elderly person? The University of the Basque Country (EHU-UPV), together with those of Zaragoza and Seville in Spain, is developing the Heterorred project taking precisely these questions into account. The IT engineers wish to create a net which all can use but taking into account that each one of us has different needs and that all needs have to be considered on developing the bases of the technology.

Heterorred is a net for all


To date technology development has not taken into account the needs of handicapped persons or of those of the elderly. Given all this, the EHU-UPV wish to create a net for all kinds of users and for all possible devices.

This intelligent network has to have certain features. On the one hand, it must provide the user the possibility of connecting from any point, whatever the electronic device may be – a computer, a PDA, a mobile phone - and, on the other hand, these devices have to be able to control all the other devices connected to the net: household electrical goods, computers, wheelchairs.

In the second place, these services afforded by the net do not require any special effort or skill from the user, i.e. it is an invisible network. The user automatically connects to the net on entering an environment where this is installed. Moreover, depending where the user is, he or she may choose between services.

A limitless base

All these features of the Heterorred net require the development of a new technological base. Currently, researchers are undertaking this task, defining the base for the net, so that interconnections between the various platforms used today –networking by cable, infrared, radio and so on– will be possible. To this end, bridges (hardware) are to be designed as well as the appropriate software for the translation of the protocols. Moreover, middleware programmes will be constructed to control the network devices and offer services for the user’s electronic equipment. All this taking into account the requirements of handicapped and elderly persons.

The researchers recently presented the proposals to normalise this type of network at a conference organised by the European standardisation institutions (CEN, CENELEC, ETSI). In this case, it involves a network without limits, creating a really open net, both for new devices that are yet to be developed in the future and for all kinds of end-users.

Garazi Andonegi | Basque research
Further information:
http://www.basqueresearch.com

More articles from Information Technology:

nachricht NASA CubeSat to test miniaturized weather satellite technology
10.11.2017 | NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

nachricht New approach uses light instead of robots to assemble electronic components
08.11.2017 | The Optical Society

All articles from Information Technology >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Nanoparticles help with malaria diagnosis – new rapid test in development

The WHO reports an estimated 429,000 malaria deaths each year. The disease mostly affects tropical and subtropical regions and in particular the African continent. The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC teamed up with the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME and the Institute of Tropical Medicine at the University of Tübingen for a new test method to detect malaria parasites in blood. The idea of the research project “NanoFRET” is to develop a highly sensitive and reliable rapid diagnostic test so that patient treatment can begin as early as possible.

Malaria is caused by parasites transmitted by mosquito bite. The most dangerous form of malaria is malaria tropica. Left untreated, it is fatal in most cases....

Im Focus: A “cosmic snake” reveals the structure of remote galaxies

The formation of stars in distant galaxies is still largely unexplored. For the first time, astron-omers at the University of Geneva have now been able to closely observe a star system six billion light-years away. In doing so, they are confirming earlier simulations made by the University of Zurich. One special effect is made possible by the multiple reflections of images that run through the cosmos like a snake.

Today, astronomers have a pretty accurate idea of how stars were formed in the recent cosmic past. But do these laws also apply to older galaxies? For around a...

Im Focus: Visual intelligence is not the same as IQ

Just because someone is smart and well-motivated doesn't mean he or she can learn the visual skills needed to excel at tasks like matching fingerprints, interpreting medical X-rays, keeping track of aircraft on radar displays or forensic face matching.

That is the implication of a new study which shows for the first time that there is a broad range of differences in people's visual ability and that these...

Im Focus: Novel Nano-CT device creates high-resolution 3D-X-rays of tiny velvet worm legs

Computer Tomography (CT) is a standard procedure in hospitals, but so far, the technology has not been suitable for imaging extremely small objects. In PNAS, a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) describes a Nano-CT device that creates three-dimensional x-ray images at resolutions up to 100 nanometers. The first test application: Together with colleagues from the University of Kassel and Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht the researchers analyzed the locomotory system of a velvet worm.

During a CT analysis, the object under investigation is x-rayed and a detector measures the respective amount of radiation absorbed from various angles....

Im Focus: Researchers Develop Data Bus for Quantum Computer

The quantum world is fragile; error correction codes are needed to protect the information stored in a quantum object from the deteriorating effects of noise. Quantum physicists in Innsbruck have developed a protocol to pass quantum information between differently encoded building blocks of a future quantum computer, such as processors and memories. Scientists may use this protocol in the future to build a data bus for quantum computers. The researchers have published their work in the journal Nature Communications.

Future quantum computers will be able to solve problems where conventional computers fail today. We are still far away from any large-scale implementation,...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Ecology Across Borders: International conference brings together 1,500 ecologists

15.11.2017 | Event News

Road into laboratory: Users discuss biaxial fatigue-testing for car and truck wheel

15.11.2017 | Event News

#Berlin5GWeek: The right network for Industry 4.0

30.10.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Previous evidence of water on mars now identified as grainflows

21.11.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope completes final cryogenic testing

21.11.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

New catalyst controls activation of a carbon-hydrogen bond

21.11.2017 | Life Sciences

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>