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A lot has been talked about Platforms, but none is for the traditional enterprises. These enterprises, across industries, are facing huge onslaught of the new age digital startups. The need of the hour for them is to build a digital enabled business model, which can add capabilities for agility, efficiency and ever-readiness for the fleeting market opportunities. The book The Platform Edge- Building a Digital Enabled Business Model, by Dr. Kapil Dev Singh, is the first of its kind book to present a framework for the traditional businesses to become future ready.
Relatively new research ?elds such as ambient intelligence, intelligent envir- ments, ubiquitous computing, and wearable devices have emerged in recent years. These ?elds are related by a common theme: making use of novel technologies to enhance user experience by providing user-centric intelligent environments, - moving computers from the desktop and making computing available anywhere and anytime. It must be said that the concept of intelligent environments is not new and beganwithhomeautomation. Thechoiceofnameforthe?eldvariessomewhatfrom continent to continent in the English-speaking world. In general intelligent space is synonymous to intelligent environments or smart spaces of which smart homes is a sub?eld. In this collection, the terms intelligent environments and ambient int- ligence are used interchangeably throughout. Such environments are made possible by permeating living spaces with intelligent technology that enhances quality of life. In particular, advances in technologies such as miniaturized sensors, advances in communication and networking technology including high-bandwidth wireless devices and the reduction in power consumption have made possible the concept of intelligent environments. Environments such as a home, an of?ce, a shopping mall, and a travel port utilize data provided by users to adapt the environment to meet the user’s needs and improve human-machine interactions. The user information is gathered either via wearable devices or by pervasive sensors or a combination of both. Intelligent environments brings together a number of research ?elds from computer science, such as arti?cial intelligence, computer vision, machine learning, and robotics as well as engineering and architecture.
A guide developed by the U.S. Architectural & Transportation Barriers Compliance Board to assist in the use of its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) for Buildings & Facilities. It explains some of the basic considerations for accessible design & clarifies specific ADAAG provisions in an effort to address frequently asked questions. Chapters: introduction & information sources; instructions, & minimum requirements; scoping & technical requirements; & special occupancies. It is important that this manual be used with a copy of ADAAG since it does not address or reprint all the information contained in ADAAG.

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