Dynamix: An open plug-and-play context framework for android

D. Carlson, A. Schrader


Today's mobile devices represent exceptional foundations for wide-area Internet of Things (IoT) applications. However, the vast heterogeneity of real-world environments makes it challenging for applications to sense, understand and adapt to the user's continually evolving context. We're investigating a new community-based approach for context-aware computing, where advanced context sensing capabilities are dynamically deployed to mobile devices as plug-ins, and are made available to applications through only a few lines of code. Towards this end, we're developing Dynamix, an open plug-and-play context framework for Android. Dynamix runs as lightweight background service on the user's mobile device, modeling context information from the environment using the device itself as a sensing, processing and communications platform. Mobile applications request context support from Dynamix using simple application programming interfaces (APIs). Dynamix automatically discovers, downloads and installs the plug-ins needed for a given context sensing task. When the user changes environments, new or updated plug-ins can be deployed to the device at runtime, without the need to restart the application or framework. Dynamix comes with a growing collection of ready-made plug-ins, and provides open software developments kits (SDKs) and a scalable repository architecture, which enable 3rd party developers to quickly create and share new plug-ins types with the community. This paper presents the Dynamix approach, describes our prototype implementation and presents promising performance evaluation results.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2012 3rd IEEE International Conference on the Internet of Things
Number of pages8
Place of PublicationWuxi, China
Publication date01.10.2012
ISBN (Print)978-1-4673-1347-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4673-1346-9
Publication statusPublished - 01.10.2012
Event3rd International Conference on the Internet of Things - Wuxi, China
Duration: 24.10.201226.10.2012
Conference number: 95420


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