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It has been estimated that by the end of 2020 there will be 50 billion connected devices world-wide. Such projections entice the industry to explore and tap a wide range of opportunities that the M2M (Machine-toMachine) communication concept offers, enabling novel business cases, enhanced workflow efficiency and improved quality of life. It is therefore no(More)
It has been estimated that by the end of 2020 there will be 50 billion connected devices in Machine-to-Machine (M2M) networks. Such projections should encourage us to deal with the corresponding problems in heterogeneous M2M systems. First of all, devices can communicate through different access technologies (e.g. wireline, 2G/3G, WiFi, Bluetooth) and their(More)
In a global multi-service and multi-provider market, the Internet Service Providers will increasingly need to differentiate in the service quality they offer and base their operation on new, consumer-centric business models. In this paper, we propose an agent-based framework for the Business-toConsumer (B2C) electronic market, comprising the Consumer(More)
Distributed processing has become inevitable in many areas today. It can be found in localized systems like multiprocessor computers, in client-server network configurations, in computer clusters or in widely dispersed systems like the Internet. Development of effective techniques for task distribution is considered as one of the biggest issues in parallel(More)
Number of connected devices in Machine-toMachine (M2M) systems is rapidly growing: according to famous predictions made by Ericsson, by the end of 2020 there will be 50 billion devices in M2M systems around the world. The idea to connect a plethora of devices, whether they are fixed, movable or fully mobile, that communicate through different technologies(More)
One common approach in dealing with increased number of elderly is provisioning of IT based applications that strive to prolong their independent life. However, development of such applications is cumbersome and expensive. In order to simplify and ease the development of such applications, MPOWER framework has been developed. The MPOWER framework provides(More)