Pervasive computing

st1 A pill, containing medicine and a tiny digestible sensor made from food ingredients and capable of transmitting wireless messages like a cellphone, may soon help remind patients about missed drug doses. Proteus Biomedical, a California-based company pursuing intelligent health products, has developed Ingestible Event Markers (IEM) – tiny, digestible sensors activated by stomach fluids after they are swallowed.

– The Telegraph, Calcutta, February 4, 2010

Can you close your eyes and think of everything around you, yourself included, as a computer? This would perhaps be the simplest way to convey the idea of pervasive or ubiquitous computing. The term Pervasive Computing was first popularized by Mark Weiser in his seminal 1991 paper, ‘The Computer for the 21st Century’, that described his vision of ubiquitous computing. Weiser's version of Pervasive Computing related to the creation of environments involving computing and communication capability, which seamlessly integrated with end users.

Pervasive computing is one of the major pillars on which tomorrow's enterprises are being built. By turning nearly everything into a computing device, pervasive computing is making it imperative for enterprises to reach their end users through a multitude of devices – both wired and wireless. Users in turn are accessing content and applications through multiple channels as well as social networks, resulting in an exponential growth of data that need to be constantly monitored and analyzed.

Intelligent enterprises are drawing inferences as well as key decision points by analyzing data about their customers, competitors, vendors, markets, products as well as services. Enterprises are able to garner localized, specific intelligence using sensor networks, thereby enabling them to develop innovative products and services that are better aligned to market needs.

As computer technology progresses further, virtually everything, from the coffee mug to the human body, can be embedded with a chip or sensor that will record, store and provide data while integrating with other devices and networks in real time. Justin- time computing and storage using cloud-based computing platforms and services are resulting in commoditization of infrastructure thereby enabling enterprises to optimize computing and storage power.

We are working towards leveraging the Software as a Service (SaaS) platform for our Finacle™ Core Banking solution. This helps our banking clients that operate in a specific geography or with a specific line of function like deposit products. The implementation mode promises easy deployment that is highly critical for our banking clients venturing into new markets and exploring additional avenues for business, with focused product lines.