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chapter three
Critical infrastructure
management for mobile
electronic commerce
Security and reliability issues
on mobile ad hoc network
Haibo Wang, Wei Ning, and Wei Wang
Contents
3.1 Introduction .............................................................................................46
3.2 M-commerce and infrastructure .......................................................... 46
3.2.1 Development of MANET and its characteristics ....................46
3.2.2 Rising popularity of MANET in mobile commerce ..............48
3.2.3 Value creation through mobile network .................................. 49
3.3 Security issues on MANET ................................................................... 52
3.3.1 Urgent need for better MANET security solutions ............... 52
3.3.2 Attacks exploiting MANETs inherent weakness .................. 52
3.3.3 Improvements made on routing protocols .............................. 53
3.3.4 Concerns and strategies for information assurance .............. 56
3.3.5 Wireless sensor network and its security issues .................... 57
3.3.6 Integrative security framework ................................................ 58
3.4 Reliability issues ..................................................................................... 58
3.4.1 Difculties to maintain a reliable mobile network ................ 58
3.4.2 State-of-the-art research on reliability issue of MANET ...... 59
3.5 Academic research and industry solutions ......................................... 63
3.6 Challenges and future research ............................................................ 66
References .......................................................................................................... 67
46 Mobile Electronic Commerce
3.1 Introduction
The fth generation of WiFi and new standards of telecommunication pro-
tocols make possible the massive implementation of mobile ad hoc network
(MANET) in retail business at a lower cost. While the retail industry has
started embracing this new technology and mostly by installing a WiFi hot-
spot in their stores and shopping carts, the issues of security and reliability
have become serious concerns to both public and private organizations.
There is a large volume of literature on critical infrastructure of tele-
communication system; however, the topic on mobile e-commerce, espe-
cially on MANET, still offers researchers many great opportunities for
new ideas and designs for the transmission of data. This chapter will
present systematic review of the literature on MANET with the objective
of addressing security and reliability by studying the state of the art in
MANET research and applications. The authors try to identify the gap
between academia and industry and to point out the challenge and future
research directions. Eighty articles are collected, and the outputs of litera-
ture review are categorized into four distinct categories: infrastructure,
security, reliability, and academic research and industry solutions. We
hope that the ndings of this study will serve as a good source for those
interested in MANET. The chapter also presents some real-world chal-
lenges as well as future research directions.
3.2 M-commerce and infrastructure
3.2.1 Development of MANET and its characteristics
New technology in telecommunication network infrastructure enables its
capability to be spread sparsely over large territories at a global scale to
provide exceptional coverage and to impact the lives of large numbers
of people. The new development of MANET communication caught the
attention of investigators in both academia and industry. MANET is
becoming an industry standard, and some retailers are promoting new
customer services powered by MANET technology. The potential applica-
tions of MANET will bring a landslide change to the customer relation-
ship management and supply chain management. Thus, the security and
reliability of MANET are receiving immediate attentions from both pub-
lic and private organizations. The advantage and potential applications of
MANET in retailing industry include the following:
1. Sharing product information with and bringing online to off-line
(O2O) experiences to customers
2. Monitoring the movement of customer in the stores to understand
the customer’s behavior
3. Enabling customer to share shopping experience instantly

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