No one in modern business can afford to ignore new technology. This book makes a valuable contribution to appreciating new information and communication technologies and understanding what they mean for innovative business ideas and new research opportunities. The papers are targeted at anyone with a responsibility for business and research strategies, they aim to increase awareness of the emerging technologies and give an understanding of the implications. The book covers three major elements of the Information Society, namely Electronic Commerce, Multimedia and Embedded Systems; Describing the technology being developed and suggesting possible effects. The Editors have assembled over a hundred papers from international experts that describe current thinking and emerging technology from research projects. There are five sections. The first covers policy issues and business strategies and the second matters of particular interest to the smaller businesses. The remaining three sections deal with the applications, development tools and emerging technologies in Electronic Commerce, Multimedia and Embedded Systems.