The proliferation and use of the modern information and communication technologies (ICT) are considered to pave the way for a dynamic economic progress and future viability in the global computing market. The cycle of change spurred by ICT is enormous. The new technologies are believed to have an indomitable ripple effect throughout the economy. Such technologies will exert maximum influence on individual and social lives. The development of mobile telephony in conjunction with advances in the internet technology during the last decade demonstrates the transformative potential of ICT.
As the world gears up to embrace the next-generation of Internet revolution called pervasive computing, some pundits claim this development signaled the death of personal computers. However, leading industry experts opine the demise is unlikely, considering we are yet to step out of mainframes. However, the change will definitely construe expansion of the internet technology beyond the conventional computing devices. Therefore, one can expect to live in a world where consumers can access the global network via their mobile phones, refrigerators, or television sets.
What is Pervasive Computing?
Pervasive computing is mostly referred to as ubiquitous computing that embeds objects of daily use with microprocessors, enabling exchange of information among users. These devices are projected to exhibit high potential of growth over the next couple of years. The market for pervasive computing will ride on the booming demand for smart devices. In addition, the evolution of technology and surge in innovations will also boost the demand for computing market over the forthcoming years.
Cost-saving, Safety, and Comfort Attributes will Drive the Demand for Pervasive Computing
The growth drivers for pervasive computing market vary depending on the area of application. For instance, the demand for the new technology in production and logistics will be driven by cost savings attributes. However, cost saving functions would entail weak motivation in military, security, and medical sectors. Demand in these sectors will ride on improved safety offered by the new technology, which in turn is a weak motivation for developing pervasive computing for automotive and household industries. Enhanced usability and comfort are noted as the key driving forces fuelling the demand for pervasive computing technologies across automotive and household sectors.
Analogous to factors driving the market, there are a considerable number of growth inhibitors, influencing pervasive computing, both directly and indirectly. Shortcomings in data processing and human to machine interfaces coupled with technological hurdles related to availability and reliability of the technology will limit the market growth to an extent. Experts suggest issues pertaining to environmental sustainability, legal regulation, and resource consumption will emerge as minor factors adversely affecting growth in the pervasive computing market.
Pervasive Computing – A Vision of Continuous Information Exchange
Pervasive computing aims to seep through and interconnect all areas of individual and social life, thereby enabling a ubiquitous flow of information and data. As described by Mark Weiser, one of the founding fathers of pervasive computing, the technology is a vision of omnipresent and continuous flow of information transcending the peripheries of media, applications, and countries. The strong future oriented perspective of pervasive computing technology is expected to keep its demand high irrespective of the presence of certain intrinsic limitations to growth.
As per recent reports, enhanced investments to study the viability of the technology by key participants such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and AT&T is expected to positively impact the demand for pervasive computing in the near future.