MDM 2005
6th International Conference on Mobile Data Management

Sponsored by University of Cyprus

In Cooperation with ACM SIGMOBILE and ACM SIGMOD

Ayia Napa, Cyprus, May 9-13, 2005

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Day 4, 12 May, 2005
Keynote Session 1: "Challenges and Opportunities in ICT - a European perspective"
Session chair: George Samaras
8.30am - 9.30am


Dr. Joao Schwarz da Silva is the Director for Communication Networks, Security and Software Applications in the Directorate General "Information Society"


Information and Communication Technologies are critical to Europe’s future. Half of the productivity gains in our economies are explained by the impact of ICT on products, services and business processes. ICT is the leading factor in boosting innovation and creativity and in mastering change in value chains across industry and service sectors. ICT is essential to meet the rise in demand for health and social care and to modernise services in domains of public interest such as education, learning, security, energy, transport and the environment.

The escalating economic and societal demands, together with the continued mainstreaming of ICT in a networked economy, raises new challenges which require the technology limits to be further pushed. At the same time user expectations are changing, with technology needing to be brought closer to people and organisational needs. It is becoming imperative to hide technology complexity and reveal functionality on demand, making it very simple to use, available and affordable, while providing solutions and services that are trusted, reliable, and adaptable to the users’ context and preferences.

Convergence and interoperability at network, device, service and media level are key requirements that must be met, so as to enable the provision of end-to-end services at minimal operational and capital expenditures. Service providers are increasingly being called upon to develop innovative tools that enable radically simplified service creation and delivery. Well packaged, easy to use services that can be carried by the subscriber across multiple environments are key, with simplicity and value being the decision points for subscribers and the critical success factors for revenue growth. Ensuring the management of converged services and networks with the expected scale and scope, will require radically new approaches.

This effective progressive shift from "convergence" to "user-centricity", changes the classical model from a view of killer applications delivered over a variety of independent infrastructures to one that embraces the demand for a customized user experience across multiple devices, networks and applications. It is no longer about a few actors in the value chain but rather about entirely new value chains with novel actors and roles. It is also no longer about "mobile services" but rather about seamless services that are delivered by an intelligent network that is context and device aware. Mobility has morphed into an interconnected world where people seamlessly slip into their personal and professional lives, with almost no borders. All services need to be equally seamless … available everywhere and all the time.

Information explosion and device proliferation will impose new approaches to the design and management of an interconnected information infrastructure where all devices communicate with and understand one another and where the right digital eco-system is created for the agile enterprise. Pervasive connectivity will however increase vulnerability and privacy concerns, requiring radically new software solutions, the establishment of “trusted” devices, servers and gateways so as to accommodate a dynamic network infrastructure and provide end-to-end security, while containing the damage caused to businesses by malware.

Removing social, geographical, economic and capacity impediments through the provision of cost effective infrastructures, offering capacity on demand and allowing an "Always on" network existence, are key requirements. Beyond providing for the connectivity of humans, significant efforts must be devoted to the deep networking of a myriad of small, inexpensive, low-powered tags, sensors and actuators, embedded into the physical environment, interacting and forming wired and wireless networks able to communicate, adapt, act, respond, and coordinate high-level tasks. Governance issues of such deep networks will be at the center stage.

In such a context, the multifaceted key mission of the EU funded R&D in ICT, as it is being currently elaborated, is to ensure smooth technological transitions, to anticipate the likely technological disruptions, to nurture technological development and innovation, to create the right synergies between key stake-holders, to establish the conditions for new value chain actors to emerge, to set the right collaborative standards, to stimulate innovative usages, in essence to shed light into the new world markets and create opportunities that will permit Europe its enterprises and creators to shape and master the future ICT world landscape.


Day 5, 13 May, 2005
Keynote Session 2: "Invariant aspects in M-commerce environments"
Session chair: To be announced
8.30am - 9.30am


Dr. Jari Veijalainen
Professor in Data Management;
Research Director at Information Technology Research Institute
University of Jyvaskyla


Mobile phones and other small and powerful portable devices have revolutionized personal communication and affected the lifestyles of the people in the industrialized world. Following credible estimates, in a few years there will over two - billions of such portable devices in use. An emerging trend is the electronic commerce performed using mobile terminals over wireless networks, often called mobile commerce or M-commerce. Mobile commerce environments are characterized by high complexity, including myriads of technical and organizational aspects. This property makes it difficult to distinguish the more fundamental issues, structures, and concepts in mobile commerce from the hype. To capture the fundamental aspects and objects of mobile commerce environments, we have developed a model. It covers fundamental structures and persistent entities of the M-commerce environment, as well as their relationships. Rather than providing technical details of M-commerce environments, our aim is to model invariant properties that will evidently persist for years to come. Making use of the abstraction capabilities provided by the object-oriented approach, the model is represented by OO structure diagrams.

Structurally, we distinguish four spheres of concern: Regulatory Frameworks, Business Models, Enabling Technologies, and the Global Infrastructure. These are dependent on each other, but have a relative independence and development logic that is different in each sphere of concern. In addition, the development logic is different in different regions of the world. The leading Regulatory Areas are currently Far-East (Japan, South Korea), Europe (European Union), and USA. These are analyzed in the light of a few examples.


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