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The Networked Future: Networked Audiovisual Systems

Funded under: FP6-IST


The introduction of networking capabilities into consumer electronics equipment and computers is revolutionising home entertainment. It allows users to acquire greater control over their media library - audio, video, photography, etc. - capitalising on the digitisation of media seen over the last few years.
The next step will be for users to share and distribute their digital content outside the home. For instance, they may wish to interconnect with the home networks of family or friends, or take their own home environment with them when they travel in a car or train or go on holiday. The popularity of peer-to-peer (P2P) networks already point in that direction.
This brochure describes IST research on Networked Audio-visual Systems, showing the integrated nature of European research in this domain. It presents profiles of specific research areas holding a promising future, together with selected project descriptions to exemplify and illustrate key on-going research and technology development.
The focus of research is two-fold. Firstly, user-friendly home network solutions that allow information to be moved, organised and retrieved within a heterogeneous home environment. Secondly, extended home AV platforms that allow the sharing of digital AV content between homes (or home-offices).The key area of interest is interoperability between home networking technologies and their integration with global networks. Research targets low-cost and user-friendly home AV platforms that can be reconfigured to the users' requirements.
The brochure is one of six in The Networked Future series, describing European funded research for Network and Communication Technologies.

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