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Network-independent Multimedia Service Architecture

Final Activity Report Summary - IPTEM (Network-independent Multimedia Service Architecture)

This project focussed on the evolution of the service multimedia architecture for mobile services. There were two ongoing approaches, the universal mobile telecommunications system (UMTS) approach which is an evolution from the traditional global system for mobile communications (GSM) architecture, and next generation Internet approach which was driven by the evolution of packet domain and was linked with emerging wireless broadband technologies. This project aimed at merging these two different domains originating from two disciplines, namely telecommunications and computing. The goal was to develop network-independent service architecture for multimedia services in an open framework so that it could be overlaid and deployed over any wireless cellular and short range network in any country. Particular attention was put in the adoption of the results in 3rd generation partnership project (3GPP) standards.

N.Crespi joined AIT for training, integration in research team and participation in research projects. The training objectives of the fellowship were to develop a strong expertise on service overlays and related mobility protocols, as well as to develop knowledge on emerging wireless broadband technologies. N.Crespi actively participated in the intERLab internab projects. The long-term objective of this OIF was to set, during this fellowship, the basis for a larger long-lasting scientific collaboration between European and Asian partners that should materialise in concrete research projects. In parallel to this project with Asian institute of technology (AIT), the 'Institut national des telecommunications, groupe des ecoles des telecommunications' (INT-GET) established a joint MSc degree, which started in August 2005, as well as a joint PhD degree and joint research laboratory. These joint actions were further consolidated with his return in INT during the second phase of the project in order to strengthen cooperation between the partners and contribute to a long-lasting collaboration.