1.1 Information and Communication
Technology has improved reach an
range of electronic communication (EC)
1.1.1 Reach: Level of communication
across a network
1.1.2 Range: Types of data transfer available
1.2 The simplest form of EC and has a comparatively low level of reach and range when it is used for
messaging or transferring documents. However, it has proved invaluable to designers, manufacturers,
retailers and consumers, due to ease of use and widespread access through internet connections.
1.3 There are issues of security and privacy when using e-mail and
limitations on the size of attachments, restricting its use.
1.4.3 Widespread usage
1.4.4 E-mails can be saved as a data record
1.4.5 Documents can be easily attached
1.5.2 Messages misinterpreted
1.5.4 Privacy and security
1.5.5 Influx of messages = increased time reading & responding
1.5.6 Limitations of attachment sizes
2 Electronic Data
2.1 EDI isa new way for companies to do 'paperless' business
using a process that transfers business documents through
a computer network, rather than via postal systems.
2.4 Secure system for sending purchase orders,
invoices, design and manufacturing data.
2.5 The transfer of files requires that the sender and receiver agree on a standard
document format for the document to be sent by, e.g. PDF, Word or CAD