Interscience Open Access Journals
Context-awareness is an essential feature of pervasive applications, and runtime detection of contextual properties is one of the primary approaches to enabling context awareness. However, existing context-aware middleware does not provide sufficient support for detection of contextual properties in asynchronous environments. The contextual activities usually involve multiple context collecting devices, which are fully-decentralized and interact in an asynchronous manner. However, existing context consistency checking schemes do not work in asynchronous environments, since they implicitly assume the availability of a global clock or relay on synchronized interactions.