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Supporting service discovery, querying and interaction in ubiquitous computing environments.

Friday, Adrian and Davies, Nigel and Wallbank, Nat and Catterall, Elaine and Pink, Stephen (2004) Supporting service discovery, querying and interaction in ubiquitous computing environments. Wireless Networks, 10 (6). pp. 631-641. ISSN 1022-0038

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    Abstract

    In this paper, we contend that ubiquitous computing environments will be highly heterogeneous, service rich domains. Moreover, future applications will consequently be required to interact with multiple, specialised service location and interaction protocols simultaneously. We argue that existing service discovery techniques do not provide sufficient support to address the challenges of building applications targeted to these emerging environments. This paper makes a number of contributions. Firstly, using a set of short ubiquitous computing scenarios we identify several key limitations of existing service discovery approaches that reduce their ability to support ubiquitous computing applications. Secondly, we present a detailed analysis of requirements for providing effective support in this domain. Thirdly, we provide the design of a simple extensible meta-service discovery architecture that uses database techniques to unify service discovery protocols and addresses several of our key requirements. Lastly, we examine the lessons learnt through the development of a prototype implementation of our architecture.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Wireless Networks
    Additional Information: This paper highlights deficiencies in existing network service discovery protocols that limit their usefulness for supporting ubiquitous computing and proposes key areas in which they might be extended (e.g. temporally, with statefulness, and with meta-data support). The paper is often cited by researchers addressing this problem (49 cites to date, Google Scholar) because the paper provides both a detailed analysis of requirements for providing effective support in this domain and the design of a simple extensible meta-service discovery architecture that uses database techniques to unify service discovery protocols. Wireless Networks is a Springer/ACM peer-reviewed archival journal. RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Computer Science and Informatics
    Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
    ID Code: 2508
    Deposited By: ep_importer
    Deposited On: 19 Jun 2008 14:08
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 20:28
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/2508

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