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MPEG Open Security for Embedded Systems

Objective

MOSES expands and enhances multimedia contnet transactions in 3 ways:
- standards compliance from OPIMA to emerging areas;
- MPEG IPMP Extensions and DVB-CP;
- IPMP functionalities in trials to include controlling, copying, moving, exporting and importing protected content in a fully-interconnected environment both peer-to-peer, and in the more classical client server;
- supported platforms;
- porting legacy secure infrastructures to devices other than PC, e.g. typical CE platforms.
MOSES will deliver code as independent of platform and vendor as possible by use of open development suites such as Windows CE and DVB-MHP. This approach, recognising content provider and user needs, and validated in trials will ensure interoperable European content delivery.

Objectives:
The main objectives of the MOSES project are:
1) extending the OPIMA interfaces and architecture to achieve compliance with the most recent security standards, some of which are still in the making like MPEG IPMP Extensions and DVB-CPCM;
2) extending current business models to encompass operational scenarios where the full set of functionalities pertaining to IPMP systems is implemented and tested, including means for controlling copying, moving, exporting and importing protected content as well as the relevant business and service data;
3) porting this end-to-end MPEG-4 compliant secure infrastructure to devices other than the PC, addressing typical CE platforms based on open development suites, like WinCE and DVB-MHP and point out additional actions needed for subsequent full and successful commercial exploitation.
The developed software/hardware aims also at representing a European test-bed where new pieces of technology specified by the main standardisation fora in the field of content protection can be assessed and a co-ordinated European input to standard bodies can be provided.

Work description:
The main part of the work will be the implementation of open mechanisms and components in the framework suggested by the MPEG IPMP Extensions and DVB-CPCM architectures. Those components, together with existing or newly proposed tools for content identification and representation, information management and IPR management, will constitute a technological kernel around which prototype applications will be built for testing a number of innovative business models. Applications are expected to address first controlled access to established forms of multimedia content, like music; implemented services will then gradually extend their scope to finally include management of the full range of digital content types, based on most promising technological frameworks such as MPEG-4 and MPEG-21. In the course of the project, all these innovative techniques will be assembled into a MOSES test facility, exploiting existing communications and e-commerce infrastructures, by means of which different IPMP tools securely downloaded onto the MPEG-4 platform will be exercised in laboratory and field trials in order to test interoperability between IPR protection components and validate the technology for controlled copying, moving, exporting and importing protected content aka the super distribution model. Porting this end-to-end MPEG-4 secure infrastructure to devices other than the PC, addressing typical CE platforms based on open development suites, like WinCE and DVB-MHP. The work in this strategic area, where the European industry has proven particularly competitive, is deemed to yield also a number of technical benefits to the development, including the possibility to produce highly optimised code as well as a change to exploit the hardware-based security features of embedded devices to deliver more tamper-resistance implementations. In doing this, the Project will also keep an eye to the important requirement that MOSES' code remain as much platform and vendor independent as possible, so that its results can be exploited by the larger number of players in Europe. Therefore proprietary designs and OSs will be disregarded in favour of more open developments suites, like WinCE and DVB-MHP. User feedback will be collected in a structured and organised fashion, providing overall evaluation data highlighting criticalities of the implemented system and pros and cons of the selected business models. Performance of the chosen technologies in providing the requested functionalities and the level of robustness and reliability ensured by the implemented standards will thus be validated.

Following this path, the MOSES workplan has been split into eight Work Packages that can be grouped into the following four Work Areas:
Work Area 1: Business Models, security analysis, requirements and specifications: WP1.
Work Area 2: Technical development and implementation (MPEG IPMP Extensions and IPMP Tools): WP2, WP3.
Work Area 3: Integration, porting to hardware, user trials, demonstrations and results validation: WP4, WP5.
Work Area 4: Project coordination and management: WP6.

Milestones:
Project year 1 will be devoted to defining operational scenarios, requirements and specifications for the components and subsystems; meanwhile, technical activities will set up a first implementation of the MOSES system, possibly complaint to MPEG IPMP Extensions and DVB-CPCM.
Project year 2 will be spent porting this end-to-end MPEG-4 secure infrastructure to typical CE platforms based on open development suites, like WinCE and DVB-MHP.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

AVANTI COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED
Address
74 Rivington Street
EC2A 3AY London
United Kingdom

Participants (6)

ADETTI - ASSOCIACAO PARA O DESENVOLVIMENTO DAS TELECOMUNICACOES E TECNICAS DE INFORMATICA
Portugal
Address
Avenida Das Forcas Armadas - Edificio Iscte
1600-082 Lisboa
CENTRAL RESEARCH LABORATORIES LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Dawley Road
UB3 1HH Hayes, Middlesex
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Address
Ecublens
1015 Lausanne
ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
South Korea
Address
161 Kajong-dong, Yusong-gu
305-350 Taejon
TELECOM ITALIA SPA
Italy
Address
Piazza Degli Affari 2
20123 Milano
TESTAWEBEDV S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Corso Sommeiller 23
10100 Torino