The objective of the INK Project is to develop a system for POS/POI (Point of Sale / Point of Information) networked applications where access to multimedia data is provided from a number of interactive terminals connected to one or more video servers.
Low cost, Windows-based terminals will be employed, either by the user company staff, or directly by the customer. Real-time MPEG compression / decompression will be used to reduce both storage requirements and transmission bandwidth. Limited authoring facilities will be available for the quick modification of both the video database contents and the application structure.
An ATM based network will be provided for accessing multimedia information. However, lower bandwidth multiplexed access will be used for connecting the POS/POI terminals to the ATM switching equipment, both to optimise bandwidth utilisation and to reduce the cost/terminal ratio of the system.
Two pilot applications will be built in two different sectors: one for the high quality hospitality sector and the other for sales support.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts