Product Populationsand Lifecycle Services As Industrial Multi-Agent Systems In An Embedded Electronic Commerce Framework

Burton H. Lee

Our research applies and extends current industrial multi-agent system theory and implementations to include three new classes of product population and lifecycle service agents within an emerging Embedded Web and Electronic Commerce infrastructure. Mid- and high-end electro-mechanical products with enhanced embedded intelligence and networking capabilities (printers, copiers and vehicles, for example) are provided agent and node status on the Internet. Throughout its full lifecycle, the product-agent negotiates and cooperates with a community of diagnostics agents and sensor analysis agents to provide product diagnostics and repair services for the design/ manufacturing organization and customer community.

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