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Safety enhancing mechanisms for pervasive computing systems in intelligent environments

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Publication date03/2008
Host publication6th Annual IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications, PerCom 2008
PublisherIEEE
Pages525-530
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780769531137
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Pervasive computing systems provide personalized and intimate services to improve users' quality of life by integrating computation and communication into the environments. With the capability to interact with the physical world and the promise in assisting or managing aspects of users' daily lives, the requirement for safety is high and imminent. The difficulty in providing safety is the result of the dynamicity, complexity, heterogeneity and uncertainly typical in pervasive computing. After examining and analyzing worst-case scenarios of safety violation, we identify four fundamental elements whose individual safety assurances add greatly to the overall system safety. We propose safety enhancing mechanisms for each of the four elements and their interactions.