This document will explore the technologies used for pervasiveness in an attempt to determine whether or not the technology infrastructure needed to implement the pervasive vision is really there yet. The different hardware and software used by professionals to create pervasive solutions will be examined.
It will focus on the limitations of mobile devices, the operating systems they will use, Wireless Application Protocol (W.A.P.), Transmission Control Protocol and the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP). Also examined is the over use of ad hoc solutions. Wireless networks and protocols as well as the software used for pervasive application development will be examined.
It will illustrate how seamless communication occurs and the role that network operators and the handover process play in the achievement of this goal. It will consider how a lack of standards is impacting on the success and growth of the pervasive industry as well as the issue of user acceptance.