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Communication Agents for Mobility Enhancements in a Logical Environment of Open Networks

Main Objective

Existing telecommunication service and management architectures, such as IN (Intelligent Network) and TMN (Telecommunication Management Network), are based on the traditional RPC (Remote Procedure Call) paradigm of computing and provide services in a centralised manner. Service and management intelligence are located in only a few centralised network nodes, which results in potential communication inefficiencies and bottlenecks, and makes it difficult to achieve effective on-demand and customised service provision. New, innovative services are notoriously slow and difficult to implement.
Due to their inherent autonomy and mobility, mobile agents offer new possibilities for the provisioning of as yet unknown services in the emerging electronic service markets. By allowing the movement of both code and data, mobile agent systems have an extremely high potential to optimise the use of low-bandwidth, high-latency or unreliable network connections typical for mobile service environments. In addition, Agent Technology allows for rapid service deployment. These expected advantages have yet to be proved in scientific evaluations.
Key aspects of advanced communication services and applications in the near future will be personalisation and scalability. As a multiplicity of networks and transmission protocols will remain, users will look for seamless access to their personalised set of services from any suitable access point in either fixed or mobile networks, using different user devices. The main objectives of CAMELEON are therefore to develop and trial:

Technical Approach

The approach of the project is based on the development of scaleable concepts for integrating the use of Agent Technology with the evolving traditional telecommunication infrastructure. The architectural concept will provide the framework for the development of three specific services. These services will be implemented and evaluated on two agent platforms, which are targeted on two different time horizons.

Summary of Trial

CAMELEON's approach is based on the conviction that function, fit and performance of the use of Agent Technology in telecommunication networks must be investigated jointly. Hence: Demonstrations of the CAMELEON prototype software are planned for CeBit'99 and IS&N'99 . As the user trials must be performed on the basis of realistic, interesting services three VHE applications have been selected from a long list of promising candidates:
  1. The Adaptive Profile Manager will demonstrate how user preferences can be considered in a flexible and personalised manner when incoming communication requests have to be handled automatically.
  2. The Virtual Address Book will combine various data sources for storing user related address information and store them into a virtual, network-based agency. This service will allow a CAMELEON user to apply different types of terminals, with different degrees of computing and communication performance, placed at different geographic locations, to be used even when roaming outside the home network.
  3. The Flexible Financial Service will demonstrate how agent technology can be applied within private and business sectors to enable terminal independent financial services from various mobile devices. Application performance and transaction security will be improved through the inherent autonomy of mobile agents.

Key Issues

Expected Achievements

It is expected that CAMELEON will provide an in-depth understanding of potential benefits and risks of agent technology as a means to implement advanced services in third generation telecommunication networks.
The project will force and influence the ongoing UMTS and IMT-2000 standardisation work in ETSI and ITU-T in terms of service concepts, VHE concepts, and system architecture. Furthermore, the project will contribute to the ongoing standardisation in OMG and FIPA.

Expected Impact

The following economic and industrial impacts are expected: It is expect that the work will increase the quality of life for people in their working and spare time. A high-performance mobile multimedia system realising the VHE in UMTS networks will allow people to:

List of participants

D Ericsson Eurolab Deutschland GmbH
SIN Centre for Wireless Communications
F Gemplus
D IKV Informations und Kommunikationstechnologie GmbH
D Mannesmann Mobilfunk GmbH
UK Nortel Plc
D RWTH Aachen - ComNets
UK Vodafone Ltd


Friedhelm Ramme
Ericsson Eurolab Deutschland GmbH
Ericsson Allee 1
D-52134 Herzogenrath

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