The overall goal of the COMET project is to realise the potential of a converged messaging service beyond 3G by creating the global enabling technology for easy-to-activate and easy-to-use converged messaging services, allowing users to navigate and control all their messages Anytime, Anyplace, regardless of the access network and the type of device they are using. By achieving its overall goal, the COMET project will contribute directly to the achievement of the priorities of critical importance as set out by the Commission with respect to the future of the Information Society.
These priority areas include: Content and services; eInclusion and citizenship; Interoperability; and Trust and dependability. To reach this goal a consortium of European organisations of excellence has been established to research and create applicable standards, enabling technology and services to create an Internet Protocol Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) messaging technology framework in a concerted range of sub-projects including standardisation, software R&D, user-agent R&D, platform R&D, integration, validation, software publication and dissemination.
The Consortium believes therefore its COMET initiative is unique, well timed and truly innovative and essential to take the lead in the creation of open converged messaging technology. The benefits to the end-user will include: easy-to-access and easy-to-use mobile message services. Thereby attracting groups of users currently excluded by the ' digital divide', such as the elderly, disabled, low-income and IT-illiterate in the community; increased reach-ability, due to inter-working with legacy domains it will be possible to communicate with more peers; and single view and easy-to-use (intuitive) navigation of all messages stored in the network(s), regardless of the device, network and bearer that the user chooses at a given point in time.
Funding SchemeSTREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
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