|The PROFIT Scenario "towards an AmI environment" is available now|
During the last years the Information Society has changed dramatically. We are fast moving towards the vision of "Ambient Intelligence" (AmI). Mobile telephony had its great breakthrough and Internet has become a commodity to most people. Broadband access is widely available though not very widely used. In the next few years we are expecting a big boost in the Information Society mainly based on the following facts:
This project has tackled socio-economic and business issues related to AmI through two approaches:
Roles and identities in an AmI world
Europeans have a multiplicity of different social identities they want to create, support and communicate. The more mobile people get, the more complex their social relations become and the more they use communication technologies to create and support their social identities. People build and maintain more and more relationships through information and communication applications and devices. It is necessary to investigate the relationships between peoples social identities and the adoption of ICT services to be able to maximie the offer and use of modern Information Society Technology. To achieve this goal, PROFIT has performed fieldwork, i.e. it interviewed real users in UK, Finland, Norway and Hungary to find out wishes, unmet requirements, concerns and barriers related to AmI services. The focus of the fieldwork was on work/home boundaries.
Socio-economic analysis of AmI
The IST Advisory Group (ISTAG) has developed a vision of Ambient Intelligence (AmI, Pervasive Computing, ubiquitous computing). This vision of pervasive intelligent objects and seamless communication between themselves and people has enormous implications for all involved in the ICT industry, but particularly those providing infrastructure and services. The AmI concept has promoted a great deal of interest and activity on the underlying technologies, but other, potentially complex issues surrounding the adoption of these technologies remain unexplored. It is important to examine the social and economic issues that will arise as the AmI vision develops. PROFIT has analysed 14 scenarios from various sources to find out the relevant socio-economic issues in an AmI environment.
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EURESCOM projects P902, P903, P904, P1047 and P1144. IST projects e-living, FAMILIES, interliving. ISTAG reports on Ambient Intelligence
Selected project results in summary form:
Review and identification of the state of the art in the context of ICTs and Ambient Intelligence
How do you separate your work life and your private life? - Early results of the UK Qualitative fieldwork on work / home boundaries
Social, Technological, Economic, Ecological and Political aspects of everyday life - A STEEP analysis for UK, Norway and Hungary for the year 2010
Press release: BT working on "ambient" future study