Mobility

Mobile E-Commerce and Location-Based Services: Technology and Requirements

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Executive Summary

Advances in Internet and network technology and the rapidly growing number of mobile personal devices result in the fast growth of Mobile E-Commerce, M-Commerce. This paper views M-Commerce as activity of conducting E-commerce transactions using mobile terminals over a wireless network. A special case of M-commerce are Location Based Services (LBS) where often the actual position of the terminal is used in the service provision. The paper concentrates on the requirements for the LBS. Because technology is an important facilitator and at the same time a limiting factor, the paper reviews shortly the technology aspects relevant for LBS. The paper then presents the most important user, system and infrastructure requirements.

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