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NIST Smart Space: Pervasive Computing Initiative



Lynne S. Rosenthal, Vincent M. Stanford


The next great computing paradigm shift, to pervasive computing, is already well under way and will have no less of an impact on industry, government, and daily life than the personal computing revolution. Pervasive computing refers to the emerging trend toward numerous, easily accessible computing devices connected to each other and to an increasingly ubiquitous network infrastructure. This trend will likely create new opportunities and challenges for Information Technology (IT) companies to place computers and sensors in virtually every device, appliance, and piece of equipment in buildings, homes, workplaces, factories, and even clothing. Within five years vendors will offer portable and embedded devices containing low-cost systems-on-a-chip (SOC) with enough CPU, memory, and input/output logic to execute complex software applications, and use pico-cellular wireless communications. Effective pervasive computing must present user interfaces distributed across numerous, often small, and even invisible devices. This requires new techniques in measurement, software testing, management of the frequency space, and human-computer interactions. Failure to develop and exploit these pervasive computing technologies and techniques may be very costly to U.S. IT companies.
IEEE Workshop on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises


information retrieval, interoperability, perceptual interfaces, pervasive devices, standards, wireless networking


Rosenthal, L. and Stanford, V. (2000), NIST Smart Space: Pervasive Computing Initiative, IEEE Workshop on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises (Accessed July 24, 2024)


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Created January 1, 2000, Updated February 17, 2017