The Benefits of Embedded Intelligence – Tasks and Applications for Ubiquitous Computing in Logistics

  • Reiner Jedermann
  • Walter Lang
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4952)


The concept of autonomous cooperating processes is an approach to solve complex logistical planning tasks by representing each object in the transport chain by a separate independent software unit. In general, these software units or agents are applied in a server network. Technologies from the field of the Internet of Things like wireless communication and RFID enable that software execution can be shifted to deeper system layers, even at the level of single freight items. This article examines the ancillary conditions and consequences of this shift. It focuses on whether the introduction of the intelligent parcel or vehicle is advantageous compared to server based planning. The second half of this article describes transport logistic examples for networks of autonomous objects with embedded intelligence.


Sensor Node Wireless Sensor Network Shelf Life Information Path Electronic Product Code 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reiner Jedermann
    • 1
  • Walter Lang
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Microsensors, actors and systemsUniversity of BremenBremenGermany

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