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Privacy, Security, and Trust Issues in Smart Environments

Nixon, P. and Wagealla, W. and English, C. and Terzis, S. (2004) Privacy, Security, and Trust Issues in Smart Environments. In: Smart Environments: Technology, Protocols and Applications. John Wiley & Sons Inc., London, UK, pp. 220-240. ISBN 978-0-471-54448-7

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Abstract

Recent advances in networking, handheld computing and sensor technologies have driven forward research towards the realisation of Mark Weiser's dream of calm and ubiquitous computing (variously called pervasive computing, ambient computing, active spaces, the disappearing computer or context-aware computing). In turn, this has led to the emergence of smart environments as one significant facet of research in this domain. A smart environment, or space, is a region of the real world that is extensively equipped with sensors, actuators and computing components [1]. In effect the smart space becomes a part of a larger information system: with all actions within the space potentially affecting the underlying computer applications, which may themselves affect the space through the actuators. Such smart environments have tremendous potential within many application areas to improve the utility of a space. Consider the potential offered by a smart environment that prolongs the time an elderly or infirm person can live an independent life or the potential offered by a smart environment that supports vicarious learning.