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Ubiquitous and Pervasive Commerce

New Frontiers for Electronic Business

  • George Roussos


  • First book to survey ubiquitous commerce

  • Adopts a holistic approach with contributions from researchers and practitioners with backgrounds in technology, business, law, economics and interaction design

  • All contributors have hands-on experience with ubiquitous commerce systems

  • Refers to true ubiquitous computing applications rather than re-branding the failed mobile commerce models as ubiquitous


Part of the Computer Communications and Networks book series (CCN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Ubiquitous Computing for Electronic Business

  3. Technology

    1. Gregor Hackenbroich, Christof Bornhövd, Stephan Haller, Joachim Schaper
      Pages 33-51
    2. Matthias Lampe, Martin Strassner, Elgar Fleisch
      Pages 53-71
  4. Business

    1. Anatole Gershman, Andrew Fano
      Pages 75-92
    2. Elgar Fleisch, Christian Tellkamp
      Pages 93-113
    3. Panos Kourouthanassis, George Roussos
      Pages 133-153
  5. Society

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 189-194

About this book


Ubiquitous and pervasive computing will be the emerging computing paradigm for the next few decades. What differentiates it from previous technologies is the fact that computation and wireless communications capability is embedded into objects, locations and even people. Like every new technology before it, ubiquitous and pervasive computing has considerable implications for conducting business. Products, locations, consumers and employees can create rich streams of information about themselves, their immediate environment and their use. This information is fed into the business process to provide unique insights on the current and future situation of the business.

This book brings together the technological and business aspects of conducting commerce using ubiquitous and pervasive computing techniques, and also examines its implications for society at large. Individual chapters review the core technologies that make ubiquitous computing possible, the business standards that must be established to support the envisioned global infrastructures, and the applications that can be built today. They also examine business cases where investment in this technology is appropriate, as well as the economics mechanisms that must be designed for the effective use of such systems. Last but not least, the implications of ubiquitous and pervasive commerce for the legal system, employees and retailers, and the protection of the privacy of the general public are discussed.


Business computer applications Electronic Business Mobile technologies Network technologies Protection RFID computer design human-computer interaction (HCI) information pervasive computing radio-frequency identification (RFID) service-oriented

Editors and affiliations

  • George Roussos
    • 1
  1. 1.Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonUK

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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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