Pervasive Computing

What Does Pervasive Computing Mean?

Pervasive computing is an emerging trend associated with embedding microprocessors in day-to-day objects, allowing them to communicate information. It is also known as ubiquitous computing. The terms ubiquitous and pervasive signify “existing everywhere.” Pervasive computing systems are totally connected and consistently available.


Pervasive computing goes past the arena of desktops so that virtually any device, from apparel to kitchen appliances, could be embedded with microchips, connecting these devices to a boundless network of other gadgets.

Techopedia Explains Pervasive Computing

Pervasive computing creates an unobtrusive environment with full and integrated Internet connectivity.

A combination of technologies is used to make pervasive computing possible, such as Internet capabilities, voice recognition, networking, artificial intelligence and wireless computing. Pervasive computing devices make day-to-day computing activities extremely easy to access. Pervasive computing also has a number of prospective applications, which range from home care and health, to geographical tracking and intelligent transport systems.

A distinct problem with pervasive computing is that it is not entirely secure. The devices and technologies used in pervasive computing do not lend themselves well to typical data security. This is because they combine in an ad hoc manner within the pervasive network. As such, trust models must be developed in order to ensure tighter security. Other disadvantages of pervasive computing include frequent line connections that are broken, slow connections, very expensive operating costs, host bandwidths that are limited in nature and location-dependent data. All of these instances can impede the security of pervasive computing because they result in multiple system vulnerabilities.


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