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Using mobile personal telecommunications innovation for the disabled in umts pervasive integration

Objective

To develop proposals for meeting user requirements for applications and services, usability requirements, non-conventional uses supporting social integration;
To specify interfaces, in particular common application programming interfaces, to system services;
To develop applications and services, taking account of appropriate HCI;
To demonstrate the applications and services in a networked environment, eventually evolving towards UMTS type network, using emerging technology and equipment, adapted where necessary.
The project has established through its initial trial the requirements for multimedia applications over mobile networks for the specific domain of people with special needs. From this it will base its developments in the interim phase, (services and applications) with a view to future integration with broadband mobile networks such as UMTS. Within ETSI TC Human Factors the project has initiated two new work items concerned with standardisation of text-telephony (a key service for the deaf) and the further analysis of requirements for mobile video telephony.
In its interim phase, the project aims to bring a key contribution to UMTS specifications in the standardisation of protocols and services to support the work on human factors. As the standardisation of the UMTS air interface progresses, the results of the project will encourage the exposure of interfaces and services and related QoS requirements needed to support services for special needs. In parallel with this, the role of IN will be demonstrated together with integration of B-ISDN services.
Expected Impact
Influence on standards for data communications and mobile networking, thus paving the way towards future UMTS implementation.Establish terminal, services and applications that are accessible to, and usable by, all citizens of the EU.Validate networked multimedia applications for people with special needs.

An explanatory note
The name of the UMPTIDUMPTI project is derived from an English nursery rhyme about an egg, Humptidumpti:

Humptidumpti sat on a wall, Humptidumpti had a great fall;
All the kings horses and all the king's men, couldn't put Humpti together again

This led us to the image below, the smashed egg, representing the fragmented state of mobile services and the problems of providing for special needs (the egg). Putting the egg together is the task of all contributing into the standardisation of UMTS.

Main contributions to the programme objectives:
Main deliverables
Mobile multimedia services for People with Special Needs combining voice, moving pictures, text or other data streams, integration of the users' environment in the personal communications space, control and monitoring at a distance and security.
Contribution to the programme
The research work of the project is validated through the demonstration of services and applications developed for the disabled and elderly using existing as well as high-speed mobile communications infrastructure.
Technical Approach
The objectives will be achieved through trials, demonstrating the optimisation to the mobile environment of existing and new applications for special needs and validating their use for a range of impairments.
Workshops will be organised throughout the project in order to present results and to obtain feedback from interested communities.
The work will build on already existing results, such as IPNSI and proposals made by the MONET project for example. The IBC infrastructure that evolves during the period of the project will enable these results to be extended further, integrating them with advanced mobile services that will appear as UMTS matures. The role of B-ISDN as the core interconnect with the functions of the Intelligent Network supporting access to specialised services is considered to have major influence on the work.
In turn, innovative use of services and protocols in wireless mobile networks will generate input into the standardisation of UMTS, focusing on common service specifications and application programming interfaces.
A close involvement in the ACTS consensus process will encourage this cycle of development through direct interaction with other projects assuring early validation of their results.
Summary of Trial
Three series of trials are planned, with mobile communication infrastructure procured through National Hosts and local services. This programme of trialing is continuous throughout the project's duration and includes:
an initial phase to remove speculation about the real issues in supporting special needs and based on existing mobile services;
an interim phase to incorporate new technologies and services and further develop the cooperation with other projects; and
a final phase, expecting to coincide with the commercial deployment of UMTS and enabling the deployment of applications on UMTS platforms, where acceptability, cost benefit and usability are validated.
Key Issues
Multimedia - the provision of applications containing text, audio and video as well as conversion between these media and representations optimised for special needs;
Quality of service - particularly critical in mobile networks, especially when considering interworking with other networks, e.g Internet, ISDN and PSTN;
Security - the authentication of called and calling parties by means appropriate to special needs;
Interfaces- service specifications in view of eventual integration into UMTS platforms, protocols, especially for data transfer, application programming interface, ergonomics of terminal design;
Value-added services- special applications, or assistance provided by third parties, to improve quality of life for special needs.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

University of Bristol
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Participants (7)

Cherie Rayner
United Kingdom
Dundee University
United Kingdom
INSTITUTE FOR REHABILITATION RESEARCH
Netherlands
INSTITUUT VOOR DOVEN
Netherlands
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
Orange PCS, Ltd
United Kingdom
SiltaNET
Finland