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Eurescom Projects and Studies started in 2000

Project number and title Responsibilities Abstract
P1001
PKI Implementation and Test Suites for Selected Applications and Services
Project Leader:
Antti Siltanen, AF

Project Supervisor:
Anastasius Gavras

Considering that Public Key Infrastructures (PKI) are crucial for providing trust over the Internet and that applications, services and technologies utilising certificates will have an important position in the future e-commerce infrastructure, EURESCOM started this two year Project, with the objective to study and pilot major functions of Trusted Services in order to identify, define and verify (e.g., for completeness and consistency) operational, technical, regulatory and legal aspects in such detail that the results can be used to assess the effectiveness, economics and acceptability of Trusted Third Party Services.
The purpose of this work is to establish competitive PKI solutions to govern the use of cryptography for integrity, authentication and confidentiality in Trusted Services for inter-telecommunication operators' applications in a Pan-European telecommunication infrastructure. The major focus of the pilot is on interoperability of PKI solutions.

P1002
TALMUD - Technologies and Architectures for a Leap in Multimedia Database
Project Leader:
Willem Jonker, NL

Project Supervisor:
Heinz Brüggemann

The combination of broadband networks and Web-technology opens the way to new multimedia information and transaction services such as next generation web hosting, multimedia search engines, and broadband browsers. Handling of multimedia information is a central element in such services and as a result technology for storage, retrieval, and filtering of multimedia information will become a cornerstone for this future generation of services. The Project develops a scaleable architecture for distributed multimedia information storage, retrieval and filtering based on the above technologies that enables the deployment of future Internet services. Based on this architecture a distributed prototype implementation is being developed that validates and tests the architectural concepts.
P1003
Exploiting the "Always On" concept
Project Leader:
Erik Bergersen, NT

Project Supervisor:
Heinz Brüggemann

The ‘Always On’ concept is a powerful one as it represents a potentially major change in the TelCos approach to network design and provision. The nearest analogy to ‘Always On’ is the home or business LAN, which once you are logged onto will provide the user with continuous access to e-mail, software updates, etc, without the user having to make specific requests.
The ‘Always On’ concept could be divided into three main sub-categories: "Transport infrastructure", "Customer service surround" and "Service and application".
The Project continues the work of the Study Project P945 which finished in January 2000. It will look more specifically at the user aspects related to AO and at possible scenarios how Always On can be provided by suppliers.

P1004
ICE-Commerce (Framework for Interoperable and Customised E-Commerce Solutions)
Project Leader:
Luc Mathan, FT

Project Supervisor:
Anastasius Gavras

E-commerce in the US is currently in a huge expansion and the European market represents a natural target for this wave. Whilst this dominance is disturbing, there is still a short window of opportunity for European telecommunication operators to become major e-commerce actors in their respective markets. EURESCOM started this 2 year Project with the objectives to establish a standard for a framework of e-commerce platforms for the purpose of rapid deployment and customisation of e-commerce solutions, and to produce specifications for e-commerce components interoperable across platforms to allow 1) end-to-end e-commerce transactions on a global scale and 2) common exploitation of solutions by e-commerce operators.
P1005
JINI & Friends @ Work: Towards secured service access
Project Leader:
José Bonnet, PT

Project Supervisor:
Anastasius Gavras

Imagine a networked information society with billions of small, intelligent devices equipped with spontaneous networking capabilities, having access to any information and providing access to any service "on the net". For the purpose of evaluation and advancement of the enabling technologies for this vision of "Ubiquitous Computing", this 18 month Project is aiming at providing the basic technological building blocks that allow EURESCOM Shareholders to take advantage of these technologies, in particular with respect to their secure and safe use in large-scale telecommunication operators' environments.
P1006
DISCMAN
- Differentiated Services – Network Configuration and Management 
Project Leader:
Hans Joachim Einsiedler, DT

Project Supervisor:
Magnus Krampell

Currently the IETF discusses the Differentiated Services (DiffServ). This approach is based on minimum signalling and on agreements between the connected Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Inter-working tests and management issues such as signalling, charging, management and network engineering are undefined and still under discussion. The goal of this Project is to investigate Service Models and Architectures, evaluate existing Differentiated Service implementations (especially interoperation issues) and to assess Traffic Engineering mechanisms such as Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) for their use in the framework of Differentiated Services. With the collected knowledge and experiences, it is possible to provide guidelines on how to set-up multi-provider QoS IP networks and to manage the QoS resources.
P1007
Application of Intelligent Techniques to Telecommunications Fraud Detection
Project Leader:
Keith Start, TI

Project Supervisor:
Valerie Blavette

The main focus of this work is the investigation of Artificial Intelligence techniques, such as Neural Networks and Data Mining technologies to the application of the Fraud Detection. This work includes an analysis of existing methodologies and products in this area and a prototyping phase, which attempts to validate such techniques. Customer analysis, such as churn analysis, are also being considered and prototyped.
P1008
Inter-operator Interfaces for ensuring end to end IP QoS
Project Leader:
Andrew Kelleher, TI

Project Supervisor:
Heinz Brüggemann

The telecommunications world has broadly accepted IP as the access technology of the future and is investigating a range of schemes for including Quality of Service (QoS) in IP technology. The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is standardising differentiated and integrated service approaches to QoS whilst the Telecommunications Management Forum (TMF) is considering what needs to be done to offer a commercial, telco-quality IP service. Customer perceived QoS is an end-to-end concept. If service is offered across multiple operators then those operators will need to co-operate to ensure customer requirements are met. Inter-domain management processes, interfaces and models are needed to support that co-operation. The details of how IP QoS will be provided and the choices of underlying network technology to support the IP layer are unclear. The inter-domain management implications of different options need to be understood.
P1009
AMSTRONG  IPv6 Deployment
- "A Small Step for IP but a Giant Leap for Mankind"
Project Leader:
André Zehl, DT

Project Supervisor:
Magnus Krampell

The IETF working group IP Next Generation (IPNG) has asked the Internet community to start deployment of IPv6, to gain experiences. Deployment of IPv6 will happen incrementally over time and transition mechanisms and strategies for this are needed. UMTS might decide on using IPv6 to get a sufficiently large address space. UMTS might thus be the first large-scale public IPv6 network. This Project should be seen as an IPv6 deployment trial with a European "production" testbed. Earlier Projects have mainly focused on the experimental 6BONE network. The Project proposes to set up such an environment between major telecommunication companies and Internet Service Providers in Europe. Experiences are to be gained on IPv6 issues in a multi-provider environment.
P1010
RealCast - Real Time Services with IP Multicast 
Project Leader:
Peter Feil, DT

Magnus Krampell

In P911 (IP Multicast) the basic IP Multicast have been examined. P913 (Real-time Services on the Internet) evaluated multimedia IP-based applications. Building on the results of P911 and P913 this Project integrates the network capabilities and the requirements from the multimedia applications into useful suggestions for new services demanded by the customers - combining the areas of IP Multicast and QoS provision. This is being tested in trials focusing on solutions for a particular service. Solutions for Reliable Multicast (a special form of QoS support) are examined. An ongoing activity is to keep track of and test the newest developments in the area of IP Multicast routing. QoS routing with Multicast is still a research issue, which is specifically being examined.
P1012
FASHION – Flexible Automatic SwitcHed client Independent Optical Networks
Project Leader:
Roberto Clemente, IT

Project Supervisor:
Adam Kapovits

This project supports the recently started standardisation activity of ITU-T on automatic switched optical networks (ASON). As such, it considers the optical transport network (OTN) as a platform supporting different clients. In particular it evaluates the switched approach to provision optical channels (OChs) to the different client layers. The project   provides a techno-economic comparison of optical networking solutions, including the comparison of traditional and agile OTNs. Finally, it outlines the evolution path from present networks to ASON
P1013
First steps towards UMTS: Mobile IP
-  A European Testbed
Project Leader:
Maria-Amparo Sanmateu, DT

Project Supervisor:
Uwe Herzog

This project is techno-economically evaluating Mobile IP service implementations through first doing a Market analysis of IP services in the Mobility Context (both wired & wireless access), then developing a European Mobile IP Test-bed which uses the Mobile IP protocol for providing macro-mobility. The conclusion is an evaluation of IP Architectures to provide Mobile IP services in connection with future UMTS complete implementations to be able to recommend implementation strategies for evolution to operators supported by demonstrations.
P1014
TWIN - Testing WDM IP Networks
Project Leader:
Francois Tillerot, FT

Adam Kapovits

The transport of IP based data is becoming ever more important to TelCos, because it represents a quickly growing part of their business. The EURESCOM P918 Project studied the different solutions suggested and available to transport IP based traffic efficiently in a WDM backbone network. This Project takes on board the experimental verification of the findings of P918 by laboratory and field trialing of a few selected architectures. In particular it looks into interoperability in a multi-vendor environment. The Project provides technical guidelines and engineering rules for IP/WDM network integration and deployment.
P1015
FREEHANDS – Fibre and Radio Enhanced IntEgration in Heterogeneous Access Networks for Delivery of Broadband Services
Project Leader:
Valerio Palestini, IT

Project Supervisor:
Adam Kapovits

Access systems are progressively attaining compliance to FSAN/ITU standards. TelCos want to exploit access systems to their full potential and deliver broadband services to the customers. Increasing competition and the variety of customer needs require a high level of flexibility from TelCos. Radio solutions have unique advantages in this respect and the integration of wireless and optical technologies holds a great promise. Therefore continuing the work on broadband access networks started in Project BOBAN (P917). P1015 looks into two particular aspects: service delivery on FSAN access platforms – how management systems and OAM procedures can successfully support this and integration of FSAN systems with standard and advanced broadband radio technologies.
P1016
MINIT – Mobile and IP network integration testing
Project Leader:
J. Ch. Francis, CH

Project Supervisor:
Heinz Brüggemann

This Project produces test suites for new interconnection scenarios also by co-operating with other industry players. It develops formally specified test specifications for the services and networks identified take actions towards the test tool suppliers, stimulates new developments and products based on our identified requirements and validates the test specifications with prototypes.
As Key results it produces new or revised Abstract Test Suites for GSM phase 2+, UMTS, IP and GPRS network evolutions and Implementation guidelines and prototype Executable Test Suites
P1041
Customer Loyalty in the Virtual World
Project Leader:
Annakaisa Häyrynen, AF

Project Supervisor:
Peter Stollenmayer

The "virtual world" context is becoming increasingly important also for TelCos to attract and keep a sound customer base. This Strategic Study helps to clarify the complex interrelationships between players, services, etc. in the area of customer loyalty. This includes the basic concepts of customers, customer loyalty, virtual world in relation to customer loyalty, and business environment.
P1042
Access Network Services for Service Providers
Project Leader:
Arto Saikanmäki, AF

Project Supervisor:
Peter Stollenmayer

Considering the rapid changes the (tele-) communications market, business structures, regulatory environments and the emergence of new network technologies, how will the concept of access services (local loop services) for Service Providers develop in the future? The objective of this Strategic Study is to identify the current status and direction of thinking on the above mentioned issues in Europe, and thus support the strategic work at EURESCOM Shareholders by providing an early view of the strategic, technical and business implications.
P1044
Introduction of open source in telecommunication
Project Leader:
Veit Vogel, DT

Project Supervisor:
Anastasius Gavras

The "Open Source" software market growth coincides with the growth of the Internet and has become a fact for most business. Even if one may not suspect a business model behind open source, an increasing number of small and big companies adopt this model in some way. This project analyses the phenomenon of "Open Source" from three aspects: business, legal and technical. It evaluates the advantages and disadvantages of the introduction of open source "products" in a telecommunications infrastructure and attempts to answer the question: "What is the business model for telecom operators engaging in open source software?"
P1045-GI
WOMBAT - Where are the Other Mobile Buddies in my Town?
Project Leader:
Georg Neureiter, DT

Project Supervisor:
Uwe Herzog

Teenagers have discovered a new way of communication: The mobile phone and its associated services. Mobile communication seems to be an intrinsic part of their lifestyle. Although location based wireless services will open a new dimension of mobile communications some technology constraints have to be considered, otherwise it might be difficult that this emerging services will be as much accepted as e.g. SMS. The question for this Study is: Is it feasible to introduce location based services to fulfil the requirements of the high demanding teenager market?
P1046
LUPA: Local provision of 3G and 3G+ services
Project Leader:
Josef Noll, NT

Project Supervisor:
Uwe Herzog

European telecommunication companies are spending billions of Euros on 3rd Generation mobile licences. Potential competition may come from new service providers using alternative access technologies such as wireless local loop (WLL), Bluetooth, Hiperlan, DAB and DVB-T. These technologies have the potential to provide 3G, or in general, next generation (NG) type of services. Two potential business scenarios are envisaged: a) the incumbent service provider using alternative access technologies, and b) the existing operator extending his access network capabilities by alternative technologies. The project investigates what impact these alternative wireless access technologies will have upon the envisaged provision of NG-services to customers and, whether the technologies can be exploited by EURESCOM Shareholders.
P1047
Personal Nets - defining the concept
Project Leader:
David Greenop

Project Supervisor: 
Harald Johansen

Personal Nets are a generic concept for providing an individualised, user-centric solution to the longer-term integration of all communication and information services. They have been proposed on many occasions over the last few years. More recently the concept appeared in a variety of forms at EURESCOM’s FDW2000 workshop. The concept was explored at EURESCOM in P703 (Key Requirements on the Global/European Information Infrastructure) and is currently a topic of study in EURESCOM in P926 CASPIAN.
Many Shareholders have some realisation of this concept within their technology visions. The term Personal Nets is used here in a generic sense to include similar concepts such as advanced IP VPN Services, Virtual Nets, Personal Virtual Environments and MyOwnNets. A key element of these concepts and visions is that Personal Nets maybe destined to become a ubiquitous mass-market phenomenon.
This is a feasibility Study, which is about testing the concept of Personal Nets. Depending upon the results and recommendations of this Study there is the possibilities for follow through activities leading to the development of a Personal Net demonstrator or test bed.