Here it is. Eugenio ready to walk into the fish market to take part in the auction. As soon as he enters the fish market, he must go to

Fig.1 - A Buyer

Fig.2 - Buyers in the auction room

Fig.3 - Buyers in the auction room
the admissions office to have himself registered for the auction and validate (or perhaps update) his credit. Once that process is over, the buyer will be allowed to take part in the auction. Therefore he moves towards the auction room, where the bidding rounds take place.

In FM 96.5 both human and intelligent buyers are provided with a kind of remote control that conveys the same information a buyer would have in the real fish market. Furthermore these remote controls should not be regarded as mere information panels, but as the means by which buyers interact with the market. To summarize, remote controls provide two types of services:

  • Electronic information collection
    • Electronic address
    • List of buyers taking part in the next bidding round
    • Next good to be auctioned
    • Prices called by the auctioneer in each round
    • New purchases
    • Current credit
    • Current scene (admissions office, settlements office, auction room or out tof the market)
    • Events occuring during each bidding round
    • Result of each bidding round
  • Electronic command transfer
    • Admission request
    • Bid submission
    • Credit updating
    • Walking into another scene (from the admissions office to the auction room and from the auction room to the buyers' settlements office back and forth, and finally outside the market)
    • Exit of the market

Figure 4 shows the information displayed by a remote control when its buyer is authorized by the buyers' admitter to take part in the auction.


Fig.4 - A buyer's remote control indicated that a buyer has been admitted





Let us now pay attention to another scene: the sellers' admission office. At the same time buyers enter the market, sellers bring their

Fig.5 - Sellers entering fish boxes

Fig.6 - Sellers' admitter assessing produce quality
goods in. Fish boxes are unloaded from the ships mooring at the harbour and carried into the market. Sellers put their fish boxes on a conveyor belt that transport them towards the sellers' admitter office. The sellers' admitter is in charge of fixing a price for each fish box depending on fish quality. This process is illustrated by the pictures below.

In FM 96.5, sellers are also provided with remote controls that make two types of services available:

  • Electronic information collection
    • Electronic address
    • New sales
    • Earnings
    • Current scene (admissions office, settlements office or out of the market)
    • Result of each bidding round involving goods belonging to the remote control's holder
  • Electronic command transfer
    • Goods shipment
    • Earnings collection
    • Walking into another scene (from the admissions office to the settlements office back and forth, and finally outside the market)
    • Exit of the market
It is worth noticing that both buyers and sellers' remote controls aim at:
  • providing buyers and sellers with the same information they would have if they were physically in the fish market
  • providing buyers and sellers with the same functions they would enjoy if they were physically in the fish market

Figure 7 shows the information displayed by a seller's remote control after its holder has shipped a lot of goods towards the sellers' admission office.


Fig. 7 - A seller's remote control

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