Second International IEEE Workshop on Software for Sensor Networks

Research Article

Augmenting Smart Items With Business Intelligence

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1109/COMSWA.2007.382480,
        author={ Arno Puder and Thomas Odenwald},
        title={Augmenting Smart Items With Business Intelligence},
        proceedings={Second International IEEE Workshop on Software for Sensor Networks},
        keywords={Cross-Compilation  Embedded Systems  RFID  SAP Web Application Server  Service-oriented Architecture  Smart Items  Wireless Sensor Networks},
  • Arno Puder
    Thomas Odenwald
    Year: 2007
    Augmenting Smart Items With Business Intelligence
    DOI: 10.1109/COMSWA.2007.382480
Arno Puder1,*, Thomas Odenwald2,*
  • 1: Computer Science Department, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132
  • 2: SAP Labs, LLC. 3410 Hillview Avenue Palo Alto, CA 94304
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A Smart Item in the context of this paper is a non-human entity or section of the real world, augmented with IT functionality to support different kinds of information. Communication and discrimination are mandatory, while additional capabilities like computing, sensing and actuating are optional. Integrating Smart Items into the overall business processes by propagating data and services to these new edges of the IT landscape allows for better enterprise-wide integration, improved performance, scalability, and local decision making. This paper provides examples how under service-oriented architecture aspects a business process can be decomposed and partially propagated to lower layers, taking the full capabilities of Smart Items into consideration.