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CoolTown-like architecture and telecoms networks
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Heinz Brüggemann
Project Supervisor
Wieblinger Weg 19/4
69123 Heidelberg, Germany

Project Information
What is this Project about?

This study analyses how two potentially complementary architectures might support the requirements of the nomadic user:

  • Local geographic ad-hoc networks, Web-based, CoolTown-like architectures for context based information retrieval.
  • "Mainstream" IT and telecom IP networks and architectures for IP services (particularly UMTS).

The CoolTown-like architecture seems to have good and simple SW and HW interfaces for relating the information content to the context (location, exhibit at museum, item in shopping mall, etc.). It supports local web-based and also peer-to-peer type of interaction. It is oriented towards PDAs, cameras and other accessories nomadic user might have. It gives a good framework for collecting the information and creation of so-called content clipboards.

For IT and telecom IP networks a number of opportunities could be thought of, like hot spot implementations, including phone box info up- or download, location based information sharing, exchange of content with other users, etc. Content clipboards can be processed, improved, completed, uploaded to a user's home and business domain. They can also be a basis for e-commerce activities.

The forming questions for this study are:

  • How might these architectures support the nomadic user
  • What are the business opportunities in combining these two architectures, and

What are the R&D activities necessary to accomplish such a combination?

What are the main objectives of this Project?

This study will evaluate the integration of the web based CoolTown-like architectures for local information services with the architectures of telecom IP services. The integration should be usage scenario-driven and should improve the flexibility of providing various service types to nomadic users (from professional services to entertainment and education type of services, culture, etc.)

The objectives of this study are to:

  • identify representative user groups and define typical usage scenarios
  • define architectural and technical requirements to support these scenarios
  • review the state of the art of the technology, as well as relevant research and development in the area, including business models
  • study in which way those two architectures might interact in a typical usage scenario
  • suggest which research and development activities are needed to achieve the most promising types of services discussed.

The last point is particularly important considering the fact that both architectures have significant complexity and some inherent problems.

What are the key results for this Project?

The key results are:

  • a study report

  • a presentation to demonstrate the findings

  • one or several proposals for new projects

Project Results
Deliverable Title  No Planned issue date
CoolTown-like architecture and telecoms networks D1 issued May 2003