Publication

SCRUTINIZING THE DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS OF SMART PRODUCTS: A PRACTICAL EVALUATION IN YACHTING

Friedemann Kammler, Hendrik Kemmerich, Jonas Brinker, Oliver Thomas

In: Proceedings of the 27th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS). European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS-2019) June 8-14 Stockholm & Uppsala Sweden 185 ISBN 978-1-7336325-0-8 AIS Electronic Library (AISeL) 2019.

Abstract

The collection and use of data are of increasing importance not only in virtual worlds but also for real goods. New products operationalize this principle and integrate sensors, actuators and microcomput- ers into analog products to enable sophisticated features such as context-awareness or connectivity with other devices. The underlying concept is being discussed as "Smart Product" and aims for the automation of activities, right up to autonomization of entire products. This article raises design speci- fications from existing literature and instantiates Smart Products in sailing. We discuss the applica- tion of the design specifications with sailing professionals in order to evaluate its practical value and to identify further benefits. The results affirmed that sailboats can be transformed into Smart Products by the integration of information technology. However, it also turned out that additional benefits can only be tapped by the integration of further stakeholders in a systemic perspective.

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German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz