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Broadband Rural Infrastructure for Telematics in Europe

Objective

BRITEUR's key objectives are to carry out user requirements on SME service applications, to design and build on Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) demonstrators interconnected to a range of community participants (SMEs and domestic) in the Primary Project Region, North-West Ireland and to evaluate its the relevance to a number of twinned regions in other Community countries.

BRITEUR proposes to carry out two parallel demonstrations of ATM based services to SMEs. The first, within the primary project region, will interconnect up to 9 SME's and trial services developed within the project matched to the identified real user needs. The second demonstration will take place in Finland, serving the local graphics industry with advanced communications.

BRITEUR will also address interoperability issues and the potential use of existing broadband networks, in particular CATV, as a means of delivering ATM based IBC services to real rural users. This would include, where technically feasible, an interworking demonstration of CATV, ATM and MMDS.
A user requirements survey has been carried out on small and medium sized enterprises (SME) service applications, in order to design and build an asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) demonstrator interconnected to a range of community participants (both SMEs and domestic). Eleven SMEs have agreed to participate as users in the project and their connection to the ATM demonstrator is currently underway. The enabling technologies, ATM and multimedia, allow broadband connections to both workplace and home, eliminating the local loop bottleneck for the provision of a range of advanced services. Whilst it will employ state of the art technology the focus of the project is primarily applications led and is intended to demonstrate how a rural community could utilise ATM based multimedia services in an integrated way.
Technical Approach

The enabling technologies, ATM and multi-media, allow broadband connections to both workplace and home, eliminating the local loop 'bottleneck' for the provision of a range of advanced services. In the context of RACE, BRITEUR understands the important role end users of the technologies have in defining service applications and in co-development of services. To this end BRITEUR has identified and is working with eleven SME users within the primary project region of Sligo, North West Ireland.

BRITEUR is based on the establishment of a relationship between the primary project region and a set of twinned EU regions. The primary project region will set up and manage the demonstrations based on it's own user requirements. A parallel project region in Helsinki, Finland will also set up a similar demonstrator based on specific requirements from the graphics industry.

Key Issues

Whilst it will employ state-of-the-art technology the focus of BRITEUR is primarily applications led and it is intended to demonstrate how a rural community could utilise ATM-based multimedia services in an integrated way.

Expected Impact

A key goal of the project is to create a rural ATM demonstrator which can be used as a reference model for other regions within Europe.

Coordinator

Screenphones Ltd
Address
Finisklin Industrial Estate
Sligo
Ireland

Participants (5)

EPSILON INTERNATIONAL SA
Greece
Address
16 Kifissias Ave, Paradisos
15525 Maroussi
K-NET Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Saddlers House 100 Reading Road Yateley
GU17 7RX Camberley
STAR TELEMATICS LTD
Ireland
Address
1 Mather Road North, Mount Merrion
Dublin
Systems Synthesis Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Waterloo House Waterloo Street
BS8 4BT Bristol
WIERDA OVERMARS & PARTNERS
Netherlands
Address
Nieuwe Parklaan 161
2587 BS Scheveningen