EQUALITY will show how under-privileged urban people can use value-added multimedia systems for support from integrated social, health and local authority teleservices. Independent initial validation at the six EU city sites will involve quite large-scale trials with end-user groups, and mature technologies such as the World Wide Web. Each of these multi-purpose delivery mechanisms will then assimilate applications from the other partners. The project will demonstrate that cities can share their teleservice provision economically, and use special conversion tools as prototypes for electronic data interchange and similar systems.
The cities of Den Haag, Helsinki, Leeds, Livorno, Newcastle Upon Tyne and Rome have combined their efforts to demonstrate how the quality of life of the less-favoured European citizen in urban areas, could be improved by providing integrated social, health and local civic teleservices, using generic multi-media telematics value-added delivery systems.
During the first stage of the project 6 demonstrators will be implemented and validated during relatively large scale trials with end-user groups (20 - 50 per site for dedicated applications and 500 - 5000 for generic services). These will use mature technologies such as TELETEXT and the World Wide Web (WWW). Network owners, suppliers and research organisations developing services at the leading edge of technology such as interactive cable TV (CATV) and Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) service networks will participate in the trials. At the end of the project these 6 multi-purpose delivery mechanisms will be enriched by migrated applications from the partner cities.
The outputs of EQUALITY are twofold.
First is the demonstration across the union that cities can begin to migrate their systems to teleservice provision along a logical and consistent development path leading to ATM switched interactive broadband networks and beyond at an entry cost of under 10,000 ECU per region ( for TELETEXT or World Wide Web based services) migrating through 2-way cable TV and Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) services as services develop, development thresholds are reached and funding becomes available.
The second output is the conversion tools to and from EDIFACT (EDI - Electronic Data Interchange and other European Standard Systems). These will be used in prototype form within the project and will be available as final products within six months of the completion of the project.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
LS1 1UR Leeds
NE99 2BN Newcastle Upon Tyne