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Final Report - SPIDER (Spam in Internet Telephony Detection Services)

Funded under: FP6-SME


With an expected growth of the telephony minutes transported using Voice over IP (VoIP) technologies from USD 7.7 billion today to USD 500 billion in the year 2007, the market for VoIP equipment is expected to grow from a current level of USD 2 billion up to a value between USD 18 and USD 44 billion in 2008.

The exact value will depend on the willingness of the telephony providers to invest in new technologies, as well as on regulatory constraints around the world. In general, it is assumed that 10 % of the investment in infrastructure will be dedicated to security components. This would result in a market of several billions in the next few years. While being a promising market, the required investment - in the case of SPIDER the investment for the security tools - is estimated at less than EUR 2 million, which is too large for an small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) wishing to enter this market.

Through the participation in SPIDER the costs are distributed between the involved SMEs and the European Commission and provide the SMEs with access to highly qualified research staff, who they would not be able to acquire by themselves. Thereby, the contribution and efforts of the single SMEs will be a low price for entering the lucrative market and will be gained back in the due of a year or two at the most.

Their final report presents a concise version of the complete SPIDER SPIT prevention framework. The deliverable includes an analysis of the SPIT phenomenon and the necessity for a reliable and effective anti-SPIT architecture. Moreover, the document includes a detailed description of the SPIDER infrastructure and its underlying modules. It finally includes a comprehensive evaluation of the SPIDER framework, which refers to the tests performed on the individual modules and on the integrated platform. The testing phase focused on functionality, performance and SPIT detection issues. More details on each module can also be found in previous deliverabl

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