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Mobile enterprise and commerce - overview

There has been tremendous growth in the use of mobile phones in the recent years. As well as significant advances in the computing power, memory, display and other features of mobile phones. IBM Research is working in this exciting area of mobile computing with the goal of creating innovative solutions and platforms.

Selected projects:

Mobile Commerce

Analysts from research firm Gartner Inc. say the shift from e-commerce to m-commerce will reach something of a tipping point by 2015. According to Gartner's analysts, mobile applications and social media will account for 50 percent of Web sales by then. IBM Research is creating novel technologies to facilitate Mobile Commerce solutions:

  • Real-time Context: Determining the context of the user in real-time using Smart phone sensors (GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, Accelerometer)
  • Mobility Behavior Analysis: Augmenting the profile of users with their mobility behavior based on analysis of mobile logs
  • Secure Bio-metric Authentication: Securing customer’s mobile payment transactions based on multifactor Bio-metric Authentication, Content-aware security and Spatial-temporal analysis.
  • Real-time Product Information: Building comprehensive product profiles based on transaction and social media data and enabling users to get product information easily in the store using their mobile (images, QR code, etc)

Mobile Application Platform

IBM Research is working on developing assets to enable the creation, execution and management of mobile applications more effectively as part of the IBM Mobile First initiative. We are exploring multiple areas including:

Mobile Testing: With the plethora of mobile applications, testing of such apps is becoming a key requirement. IBM Research worked with our partners in IBM Software Group to develop a Functional testing solution that got released as a IBM Software. Our solution targets testers with little or no programming skills to be able to test complex functionality of the mobile application through record-playback automation and cross-platform scripting. Our goal is to enable testing of native, web as well as hybrid apps across multiple platforms including Android and iOS. This asset got released as a IBM Software. Currently the team is working on testing the performance of mobile applications and providing these testing solutions as a service from the Cloud.

Mobile Monitoring: Monitoring of mobile applications is challenging since a mobile app may fail because of various factors either on the client or the server. IBM Research is working on end-to-end monitoring on Mobile applications – correlating logs across the Mobile application platform, the underlying Middleware and Database as well the hardware.

Highlighted papers:

  • USense - A Device Stack for Situation-aware Community Sensing
    Vikas Agarwal, Nilanjan Banerjee, Dipanjan Chakraborty, Sumit Mittal
    14th International Conference on Mobile Data Management (MDM). July 2013, Milan, Italy.
  • I want to be Sachin Tendulkar!: a Spoken English Cricket Game for Rural Students.
    Martha Larson, Nitendra Rajput, Abhigyan Singh, Saurabh Srivastava
    16th International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) 2013. February 2013, San Antonio, Tx.
  • Securing Enterprise Data on Smartphones using Run Time Information Flow Control
    Palanivel Kodeswaran, Vikrant Nandakumar, Shalini Kapoor, Sougata Mukherjea, Pavan Kumar, Anupam Joshi
    13th International Conference on Mobile Data Management (MDM). July 2012, Bengaluru, India


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