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Recently there has been increasing interest in building networks with Ambient Intelligence (AmI), which incorporates the user-centricity and context awareness. However, both the Internet TCP/IP protocol stack and the seven-layer OSI reference model are not suitable for AmI networks, because they do not specifically take the end-user requirements into consideration in their architecture design. Under the client-server architecture, the authors propose to explicitly take the end-user into account by defining a new layer called User Layer above the traditional application layer. The User Layer empowers the end-users to influence network performance based on their interaction activities with the networks.
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