Security Encyclopedia

Ubiquitous Computing

Ubiquitous Computing is a term associated with the Internet of Things (IoT) and refers to the potential for connected devices and their benefits to become commonplace.

Also called ambient computing or pervasive computing, ubiquitous computing can be described as the saturation of work, living, and transportation spaces with devices that intercommunicate. These embedded systems would make these settings and transportation methods considerably more enjoyable and convenient since through contextual data aggregation and application, seamless, intuitive access points, and fluid payment systems.

A prime example of a ubiquitous computing experience would be an autonomous vehicle that recognizes its authorized passenger through smartphone proximity, docks and charges itself when needed, and handles toll, emergency response, and fast-food payments itself by communicating with infrastructure.


“The dystopian sci-fi film ‘Minority Report’ depicted an unhappy future of ubiquitous computing abuses. The saturation of devices, passive biometric scans, and tracing of people according to their various forms of identification was overwhelming by our standards as we are just beginning to usher in the IoT.”