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Middleware Interoperability for Pervasive Environment

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Executive Summary

Pervasive computing refers to visionary new ways of applying Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to users' daily lives. The advent and the phenomenal growth of low-cost, lightweight, portable computers concomitant with the advances in wireless networking technologies (e.g., WLAN, GPRS, and UMTS) are making ubiquitous computing a reality. Interoperability among pervasive networked systems, in particular accounting for the heterogeneity of protocols from the application down to the middleware layer, which is mandatory for today's and even more for tomorrow's open and highly heterogeneous networks. Devices from various application domains, e.g., home automation, consumer electronics, mobile and personal computing domains, need to dynamically interoperate irrespectively of the heterogeneity of their underlying hardware and software

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