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Is Ambient Intelligence a truly Human-Centric Paradigm in Industry? Current Research and Application Scenario

Luís Ribeiro (), José Barata () and Pedro Barreira ()
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Luís Ribeiro: Faculty of Science and Technology, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
José Barata: Faculty of Science and Technology, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Enterprise and Work Innovation Studies, 2009, vol. 5, issue 5, 25-35

Abstract: The use of pervasive networked devices is nowadays a reality in the service sector. It impacts almost all aspects of our daily lives, although most times we are not aware of its influence. This is a fundamental characteristic of the concept of Ambient Intelligence (AmI). Ambient Intelligence aims to change the form of human-computer interaction, focusing on the user needs so they can interact in a more seamless way, with emphasis on greater user-friendliness. The idea of recognizing people and their context situation is not new and has been successfully applied with limitations, for instance, in the health and military sectors. However its appearance in the manufacturing industry has been elusive. Could the concept of AmI turn the current shop floor into a truly human centric environment enabling comprehensive reaction to human presence and action? In this article an AmI scenario is presented and detailed with applications in human’s integrity and safety.

Keywords: Ambient Intelligence; networks; human-computer interaction (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: M15 O32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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