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Advanced Platform Technologies in Tele-working for Underpinning a Decentralised Economy

Objective

One of the main promises of IBC, and hence of the RACE programme, is that it will remove the geographical constraints on the interaction of people in the European community. APTITUDE looks at the effects that IBC could have on how work is organised and distributed within the community.
The main aim of the research was to investigate the effects of integrated broadband communications (IBC) on how work is organized and distributed within the European community. Additional aims were:
to provide a conceptual foundation for the classification of teleworking and for the analysis of its infrastructure requirements and socioeconomic impact;
to develop and test a generic teleworking platform which meets the needs of a number of diverse applications including accountancy, legal consultancy, market reserach, software engineering, computer aided systems engineering (CASE) consultancy, medical consultancy and technical support.

Work completed in the research has:
identified a rich, detailed set of user requirements for teleworking applications;
produced a powerful teleworking requirements model for the representation and analysis of problems, opportunities, and policy in the application domain;
defined and implemented a core set of teleworking service requirements to support the application pilots;
defined an applications level architecture to support the design of distributed, cooperative applications;
produced a framework for mapping the solution architecture onto communications and information system services and resources.
Technical Approach

APTITUDE will provide a conceptual foundation for the classification of tele-working and for the analysis of its infrastructure requirements and socio-economic impact. Using this analytic framework, the project will develop and trial a generic tele-working platform which meets the needs of a number of diverse applications. These include a range of professional services including accountancy, legal consultancy, market research, software engineering, CASE consultancy, medical consultancy and technical support.

APTITUDE will assess the overall impact of recent technological advances in broadband networks on the nature and feasibility of tele-working, in order to produce a set of validated user requirements for the communications infrastructure and for the corresponding terminal or workstation technology that meets individual and organisational needs.

Key Issues

- Tele-Working.
- Classification.
- Technology development.
- Application experiments.
- Evaluation and promotion.

Expected Impact

Through dissemination of results to the RACE Community and other interested parties the project aimed to:

- Increase awareness of the opportunities presented by teleworking in an IBC environment.
- Encourage and facilitate uptake of new teleworking applications.

Coordinator

MARI Computer Systems Ltd
Address
Boldon Business Park Witney Way
NE35 9PE Boldon
United Kingdom

Participants (14)

BIS Beecom International
United Kingdom
Address
Technology Park Belfast Road
BT41 1QS Antrim
CENTRO DE TEXTOS ELECTRONICO
Spain
Address
Puerto Principe 33-35.5E
8027 Barcelona
Consorzio per la Ricerca e le Applicazioni di Informatica
Italy
Address
Località Santo Stefano
87036 Rende Cosenza
FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Breslauer Strasse 48
76139 Karlsruhe
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
United Kingdom
Address
Bridge House 20 Bridge Street
IV1 1QR Inverness
INESC
Portugal
Address
Rua Alves Redol, No. 9
1000 Lisboa
Interactive Development Environments
United Kingdom
Address
North Road
NE47 6NF Haydon Bridge
MATRA COMMUNICATION
France
Address
Rue Jean-pierre Timbaud
78392 Bois D'arcy
PBS-TRG
France
Address
27 Rue Taitbout
75009 Paris
REGIONAL UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL OF PATRAS
Greece
Address
University Campus Of Rion
Patras
TELECOM PORTUGAL
Portugal
Address
Av. Fontes Pereira De Melo, No. 40
1089 Lisboa Codex
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
Address
Claremont Road, Claremont Bridge
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
UNIVERSITY OF PATRAS
Greece
Address
University Campus Of Rion
GR 261 10 Patras
UNIVERSITÄT KÖLN
Germany
Address
Albertus-magnus-platz 1
5000 Köln