International Journal of Pervasive Computing and Communications

ISSN: 1742-7371

Article publication date: 22 November 2011


Khalil, I. (2011), "Editorial", International Journal of Pervasive Computing and Communications, Vol. 7 No. 4. https://doi.org/10.1108/ijpcc.2011.36107daa.001



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Article Type: Editorial From: International Journal of Pervasive Computing and Communications, Volume 7, Issue 4

Five papers are included in this issue. The first paper is “A survey on internet-enabled physical annotation systems” by Ahmad A. Alzahrani, Seng W. Loke and Hongen Lu. The paper provides a review and a comparison of physical annotation systems as a type of information systems, which allow users to label and annotate geographical spots or objects in the physical world, and share that information with others.

Moreover, the paper identifies future trends and research directions in this emerging category of internet-enabled applications. The aim is to highlight applications of PA systems and their architectures, which is seen as an important emerging technology for the future.

The second paper by Satish Narayana Srirama is about “MWSMF: a mediation framework for mobile hosts and enterprise on cloud” in which the author summarizes the challenges and research directions of mobile web services, along with a detailed discussion of a mobile web service mediation framework. The mobile enterprise can be established in a cellular network by participating mobile hosts, which act as web service providers, and their clients. Mobile hosts enable seamless integration of user-specific services to the enterprise, by following web service standards, also on the radio link and via resource-constrained smart phones.

The third paper by Ekaterina Gilman, Xiang Su, Oleg Davidyuk, Jiehan Zhou and Jukka Riekki on “Perception framework for supporting development of context-aware web services” proposes a perception framework, which simplifies and accelerates the development of pervasive systems. Perception framework allows constructing services’ application logic using rules and context. Moreover, it collects sensor data and produces the context information that is required for the rules. The architecture, design, complete implementation, and prototype-based verification of perception framework are presented in this paper.

The fourth paper titled “Towards probabilistic arbitration in sensors integration” by Shazirawati Mohd Puzi, Shaharuddin Salleh, Ruzana Ishak and Stephan Olariu addresses the problem of sensor information integration that arises in wireless communications, where many sensors try to communicate with a receiver using a single un-shareable radio channel. The Bose-Einstein occupancy model presented in this paper will help the receiver to tailor an appropriate number of timeslots in TDMA frame during the integration process, such that collisions are minimized, and hence integration between sensors can be done effectively.

The last paper by Marcin Davies, François Carrez, Juhani Heinilä, Anna Fensel, Maribel Narganes and José Carlos dos Santos Danado titled “m:Ciudad - enabling end-user mobile service creation” introduces a platform for end-user generated mobile services – so-called micro-services by providing empirical insights about the methods and motivations of end-users creating small mobile services. The main purposes of service creation would be mostly to exchange information, stay in contact, and just for fun (on the basis of non-commercial use).

Ismail KhalilEditor-in-Chief