Architecture for Collaborative Business Items

Sensor network technology is pushing towards integration into the business world. By using sensor node hardware to augment real life business items it is possible to capture the world and support processes where they actually happen. Many problems of the business logic running our world can be efficiently implemented "on the item". In order for these smart items to couple back to the virtualized world of business processes it necessary to design a uniform system abstraction for enterprise systems. Service oriented architectures are the tool to describe functionality apart from its concrete implementation. This paper describes a system and the experiences made integrating wirelessly networked smart business items into high-level business processes.