Ubiquitous and Pervasive Commerce: New Frontiers for Electronic Business

Ubiquitous and Pervasive Commerce: New Frontiers for Electronic Business

by George Roussos
     
 

At the core of this book is the interplay between technological and business innovation and social practice. Although the benefits of 50 years of rapid advances in digital telecommunications and computing technology have not benefited everyone equally, they have nevertheless transformed almost every aspectofthewaywelive.Oneareawheretechnologyhashada clearimpactis

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At the core of this book is the interplay between technological and business innovation and social practice. Although the benefits of 50 years of rapid advances in digital telecommunications and computing technology have not benefited everyone equally, they have nevertheless transformed almost every aspectofthewaywelive.Oneareawheretechnologyhashada clearimpactis in the way we conduct business. The rate of change that brings about mod- nity has been considerably strengthened by technological advances applied to product manufacturing, distribution,—nancing, and management, which arguably form the substrate for globalization and consumerism. It is thus no surprise that businesses closely monitor advances in techn- ogy and invest considerable resources in exploring possible new applications and market opportunities. Yet, consumers’ acceptance of new ways of buying and selling depends as much on business and technology as on our society’s culture and the culture of the material environment that defines our values, sensibilities, and thus our commitments. Moreover, the rate of technological innovation is such that to the c- sumer, technology implementation is fully opaque.Nonetheless, opportunities to carry out commerce in novel ways also introduce risk to established - cial structures, conventions, and institutions. In modernity, risk management is one of the core functions of society and to be successful in this, societies depend on their trust of experts. Experts take risks on behalf of society and are responsible for evaluating the full extent of a particular set of hazards including those associated with a particular technology.

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Ubiquitous and pervasive commerce : new frontiers for electronic business
(Computer Communications and Networks)
Roussos G., Springer-Verlag New York, Inc., Secaucus, NJ, 2005. 194 pp. Type: Book
Date Reviewed: Mar 28 2006
Ubiquitous computing (UC) applications can now be found in places other than science
fiction books. As they are intended to be invisible, we need to look for them more carefully.
The emergence of techniques for the ubiquitous and pervasive computing paradigm
signifies a new wave in computing, one where technology loses its imminent visibility and
blends with objects, locations, and even humans. Still in its inception, this movement is
gaining momentum in different application areas. The commerce area, however, appears to
have gone further than others.
This volume presents a methodological overview of the new frontiers for e-business,
discussing its past, present, and possible futures. When we look at e-business historically—
from 1951, when for the first time software was used to conduct business (by J. Lyons and
Co., an example from the first chapter of the book), through the development of bar codes,
to the current implementation of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags placed in
products—we become aware of the amount of work and ideas that have been implemented
or abandoned.
In addition to the introductory part, the book has three other parts: "Technology,”
"Business,” and "Society,” with a total of 11 chapters that complement each other greatly.
The "Technology” part of the book focuses on the supply chain management standards in
ubiquitous commerce and on a couple of applications of RFID technology. The "Business”
part discusses such topics as UC approaches to extending customer relationship
management, customer tracking, price discrimination, and the design of pervasive retail
experiences. The "Society” part focuses on the legal and societal challenges of the use of
UC in commerce, as it will impose significant changes in the way we do business.
In conclusion, this is an easy-to-read volume that will be of use to casual readers,
students, and researchers.
Reviewer: Goran Trajkovski Review #: CR132598
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846280351
Publisher:
Springer London
Publication date:
11/17/2005
Series:
Computer Communications and Networks Series
Edition description:
2006
Pages:
194
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

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