Although originally developed by Philips as a novel paradigm for consumer electronics, the vision of Ambient Intelligence should by no means be regarded as a proprietary, industrially owned concept. As a result of a major effort by the European Commission, and through the support of numerous industries and academia, the vision has grown into a mature concept that is driving innovation in an open context, thus allowing Europe to regain a major competitive position in the world. The Vision and its Origin. Ambient intelligence refers to electronic environments that are sensitive and responsive to the presence of people. In…
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