This chapter explores the influence of pervasive computing on companies and their businesses, with the main stress on business models. The role of business models for companies is presented. Introduction to pervasive computing and a survey of existing e-business models classifications are used as a base for our research. The main characteristics of today’s business models are discussed and a method for evaluating business models characteristics is proposed. We concentrate on characteristics of pervasive computing and their influence on companies’ business processes and business models. The present and future business characteristics and business models are briefly compared, and future research directions on pervasive computing and business models are presented.
“The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it.” (Weiser, 1991). Although Mark Weiser proposed this concept under the term ubiquitous computing almost 20 years ago, only recently pervasive computing really has started to affect organizations and their businesses. In the last few years, technology improvement of the networks, connectivity and devices capability have moved borders of possible and facilitated wider use of pervasive computing.