In the last 10 years, computing usage has evolved from a static activity to one that is mobile and has evolved into an architecture involving distributed points of communication. In addition, the current and ongoing distribution of storage and processing is likely to change the role of the computer from a stand-alone system into one that possesses the ability to communicate with remote services.
This scenario opens the door for the consumer electronics industry to communicate with existing legacy networks and add a new user experience through the addition of networked and ambient intelligence.
In our homes and commercial places, we have started seeing a distributed network of devices that provide information and entertainment.
In the near future, we will see intelligence within these devices that would enable them with communication capabilities.
Intelligent systems have numerous civilian and homeland security applications.
However, all these applications carry certain requirements such as
power constraints and
prior to managing a centralized command and control.
The alternative to centralized command and control is distributed and networked coordination, which is proving to be more promising in terms of scalability, flexibility and robustness. Distributed and networked intelligence introduces problems, requires models, and raises issues such as collective periodic coordination, collective tracking with a cyborg and containment control with knowledge based systems, as well as exploring ideas for their solution.