Deploy spontaneously: Supporting end-users in building and enhancing a smart home

Fahim Kawsar, Tatsuo Nakajima, Kaori Fujinami

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Abstract

This paper explores system issues for involving end users in constructing and enhancing a smart home. In support of this involvement we present an infrastructure and a tangible deployment tool. Active participation of users is essential in a domestic environment as it offers simplicity, greater usercentric control, lower deployment costs and better support for personalization. Our proposed infrastructure provides the foundation for end user deployment utilizing a loosely coupled framework to represent an artefact and its augmented functionalities. Pervasive applications are built independently and are expressed as a collection of functional tasks. A runtime component, FedNet maps these tasks to corresponding service provider artefacts. The tangible deployment tool uses FedNet and allows end users to deploy and control artefacts and applications only by manipulating RFID cards. Primary advantages of our approach are two-fold. Firstly, it allows end users to deploy ubicomp systems easily in a Do-it-Yourself fashion. Secondly, it allows developers to write applications and to build augmented artefacts in a generic way regardless of the constraints of the target environment. We describe an implemented prototype and illustrate its feasibility in a real life deployment session by the end users. Our study shows that the end users might be involved in deploying future ubicomp systems if appropriate tools and supporting infrastructure are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUbiComp 2008 - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing
Pages282-291
Number of pages10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 1
Event10th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp 2008 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 2008 Sep 212008 Sep 24

Publication series

NameUbiComp 2008 - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing

Conference

Conference10th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp 2008
CountryKorea, Republic of
CitySeoul
Period08/9/2108/9/24

Keywords

  • Augmented artefact
  • End user deployment
  • Pervasive application
  • System infrastructure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software

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    Kawsar, F., Nakajima, T., & Fujinami, K. (2008). Deploy spontaneously: Supporting end-users in building and enhancing a smart home. In UbiComp 2008 - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (pp. 282-291). (UbiComp 2008 - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing). https://doi.org/10.1145/1409635.1409673