The vision of Ambient Mobility consists in mobile solutions for people and goods created by interaction with intelligent environments. These environments react sensitively and adaptively to the presence of people and objects and offer various services improving our quality of life in a seamless, unobtrusive and invisible way.
Hessen is a frontrunner in research and development of Ambient Mobility. Key academic institutions and enterprises clustering round this technology include:
Security Management: Mobile products and services interacting with smart environments have good chances to become mass applications. Of course, the pertaining connectivity and communication systems require a reliable and user-friendly security operation.
Ubiquitous Computing: Information processing integrated into everyday objects and activities enables persistent interaction with intelligent environments. We may use computational devices and systems simultaneously in the course of our ordinary activities without even being aware that we are doing so.
Embedded Systems: Mobile phones, quartz watches and heart pacemakers – miniaturised devices with integrated hardware and software components are already today of great importance. Embedded Systems represent a basic technology for Ambient Mobility. Their predicted annual growth in the global market 2006 to 2010 is 9 percent.
Context Awareness: Intelligent environments depend on the ability to recognize, understand and monitor a situation. That’s why Ambient Mobility solutions need to create awareness of what happens. Complex systems autonomously learn and/or develop own cognitive abilities based on experience.
Wireless Networks: In order to provide support for multiple mobile activities of everyday life at different and changing locations, we need solutions that do not depend on cable-based connectivity but offer barrier-free, seamless and flexible services. Check your house from your car, check your car from your house – this has long become reality.
Mobile Devices: These pocket-sized units function as mobile personal assistants. As Ambient Mobility tools they may support our daily workflow by interaction with smart environments and by integration of data capture devices like bar code, RFID and smart card readers as well as geopositioning services.
Augmented Reality: The overlay of real-world and computer-added data creates new environments where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time. Head-up displays in aircraft and automobile applications and translucent display glasses insert additional information into the field of view and/or visualise hidden objects. Ambient Mobility applications emerge for instance in the navigation, maintenance and surgery sector.
Geopositioning: Modern satellite systems identify the exact geographical position of a person or an object with the accuracy of only a few centimetres. This technological capability represents the base for numerous applications related to positioning, orientation and navigation services of Ambient Mobility.
Intelligent Environments: Public and private spaces such as cars, airports, shopping malls, offices, homes and even our body are intelligent when they respond “thoughtfully” to our needs. Commonly they contain embedded agents enabling these environments to personalise themselves in response to our presence and behaviour. Ambient Mobility offers that way support to our normal tasks related to life, work, transport, health and education. Of course, data protection represents thereby an important aspect.
Personal Assistance: Our everyday life becomes more complex and demanding. Smart personal assistants on the base of ambient connected digital devices may help us to cope with our daily challenges related to communication, organisation and mobility. Especially elderly, impaired and foreign people will regard these services as helpful and valuable.
Seamless Communication: Always available and location independent information and communication remains an essential and desirable need. Concerning Ambient Mobility, information and communication solutions anytime and anywhere constitute the technological base for intelligent proactive and unobtrusive services that mostly we won’t even have to order.