B2B magies: A mobile agent-based internet commerce system for B2B e-commerce

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Abstract

In this paper, we present a Business-to-Business (B2B) Mobile AGeni-based Internet Commerce System (MAGICS) that combines the advantages of centralized processing and of distributed management, allowing buyers and sellers to develop their own systems to manage their mobile agents in a distributed manner yet also allowing these agents to interact with each other in a centralized marketplace using Extensible Markup Language (XML)-based messages. We have also investigated a related inventory control application for B2B MAGICS and formulated a Markov decision model, which determines how an agent should make procurements under certain dynamic conditions so as to maximize profits. We have developed a prototype to show the basic functions of B2B MAGICS as a stock control application. In the prototype, the agents can be controlled through a Web/WAP interface or Short Messaging Service (SMS). Finally, we present analytical results to evaluate the effectiveness of the stock control algorithm.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-80
Number of pages10
JournalComputer Systems Science and Engineering
Volume28
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2013

Keywords

  • Agent-based e-commerce
  • B2B e-commerce
  • Mobile agents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Theoretical Computer Science

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