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Interactive networked kiosks

Objective

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 Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Archetypon Sa
Address
Fokidos Str 26
11526 Athenes
Greece

Participants (6)

Algoritmos Procesos y Disenos
Spain
Address
Antonio Lopez 234
28026 Madrid
CCLRC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL)
United Kingdom
Address
Chilton
OX11 0QX Didcot
Communicacion Interactiva Sl
Spain
Address
Cadarso 11
28008 Madrid
Jurys Hotel Group
Ireland
Address
Pembroke Road 146
Ballbridge
University of Dublin
Ireland
Address
Trinity College
Dublin 2
Vitec Multimedia
France
Address
Champs Elysees 66
75008 Paris