Creating IT Business Value through Context-Aware Computing

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IT Best Practices: Intel IT is discovering that context-aware computing offers substantial business value across the enterprise. Context-aware computing factors in the situation of an entity—whether a person, place, or thing—and provides task-relevant information or services, making tasks more efficient and improving decision making through context-driven recommendations.

We are just beginning to use context awareness at Intel. We are developing a central context-aware computing service because many use cases have certain aspects in common. This centralized context as a service transforms available sensor data into information that can be used and reused in multiple use cases to create business value. A centralized context-awareness service also helps future-proof our investment in context-aware computing against inevitable changes in sensors and data types.

We are working to realize the business value of enterprise-level context computing and have already conducted several successful proofs of concept. We plan to continue to evaluate sensors, share learnings with Intel product groups to improve sensor accuracy, and manage privacy risks.

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