This book’s emphasis is on describing a complete architectural framework, which combines theory and practice in a way that gives a realistic view of the opportunities and challenges in the applications and services area, including results from both extensive user evaluations and technical evaluations. It will cover topics in the B3G area that are not yet well covered, namely applications and services from the users, key enabling technologies, regulatory and business models, end-user evaluations and applications/services creation points of views. Especially, the book describes the results and conclusions of practical work that has taken place during the major collaborative MobiLife research project with around 1500 person-months of work during 2.5 years (Sep/2004-Dec/2006), and is building on the former and parallel interaction with the Wireless World Research Forum.
It will also include, a defined service architecture/infrastructure with interoperable components on user interaction, context-awareness, privacy & trust, personalization, and services support; definitions of key enabling technologies; reference applications for several application/service concepts; and qualitative evaluations and field studies with more than 250 end-users in Italy and Finland. Thus, the architecture and enabling technology solutions have been validated both in technical and non-technical dimensions. It will also describe marketplace analysis with validations by more than 20 key experts in Finland, The Netherlands, U.K, Italy and Germany; and pioneering legal/regulatory analysis of the challenges related to new advanced application/service solutions with remarks on, e.g., personalization and DRM.