Cooperation with other projects
|The main aim of the IMAP project is to boost the creation of next generation user-centred, cost-effective and interoperable, mobile (3G) interactive advertising tools in order to properly address the emerging large market of mobile advertising, set to have a $16 billion value world-wide in 2005 and being the number one mobile commerce application in Europe by 2003. IMAP, through the combination of UMTS 3G wireless technology, positioning and geographic systems, and by coupling IST adaptive delivery mechanisms with privacy tools, will provide European mobile network operators, wireless portals and online advertisement agencies with easy-to-use, multimedia-rich and space-aware Advertising Campaign Management and Delivery tools along with the most effective business/revenue models to take advantage of this large upcoming market.|
|The Free-G project is aimed at stimulating 2.5-3G mobile data traffic by implementing advanced mobile data billing technologies on pan-European level. The project will implement mi800 - a billing solution that brings the principle of the successful wire-line free-phone 0800 to the realm of 2.5-3G mobile-Internet: business enterprises offer their customers subsidized air-access to their mobile web sites. Unlike 0800, mi800 requires sophisticated data billing technologies implemented at the infrastructures of the operator and enterprise offering the service. The fact that these parties are scattered across Europe, creates major interoperability, inter-working and roaming issues between different networks and service platforms. The Free-G project will demonstrate coherent and harmonized data billing for consumer appealing services. The results will be exploited for implementing a whole range of usage and content-based data billing solutions.|
|The term Location-Based Services (LBS), is used to describe
a family of services that depend on the knowledge of the geographic
location of mobile stations. The main driving force for LBS provision
has always been the urge for more advanced personalized services.
Motivated by the identified extensive diversity of Location Based
Services and the need to introduce new services rapidly, in order
to satisfy current market trends, this project focuses on the design
and implementation of an Integrated Platform, covering the full range
of related issues such as Service Creation, Service Deployment and
Provision. Such platform will be customisable to a wide spectrum of
business domains (e.g. Emergency Services, Fleet Management, Medical
Tele-monitoring, Automotive Assistance). This capability will be demonstrated
through the specialization of the derived generic infrastructure in
a domain such as automotive assistance.
The project will investigate existing schemes for location-based services and latest technological achievements in the sector of Geographical Information Systems, positioning techniques and network interfaces in order to design and implement a platform capable of providing the full functionality needed to design, create and deploy location based services. To achieve this functionality, the platform will feature a component-based architecture, with each component having a specific and clearly defined functionality. The platform will be independent of the underlying network infra- structure and the LBS creation will be supported from a Service Creation Environment (SCE). Integration of the individual functional components into a single platform will be made as well as demonstration of a prototypical deployment over an existing network operator.
|EMILY is a response to the call for proposals for RTD actions under the specific programme for research, technological development and demonstration on a user friendly information society, action line IV.5.2: Mobile and personal communications and systems, including satellite-related systems and services. The project pursues a realistic system study together with technological development in view of the implementation of very efficient location services exploiting terrestrial and satellite location data. The proposed concept is investigating the coupling of terrestrial positioning named E-OTD/OTDOA in TDMA and CDMA telecommunication networks and the satellite-based positioning named GNSS in the context of handset based solutions. The expected results will consist in a complete detailed system study, a GNSS/UMTS hybrid prototype module and extends to UMTS standardisation for location services|
|The m-ToGuide project is targeted for the European tourism
market and will offer tourists a broad array of information and services.
A portable, handheld terminal is used to exchange information between
the m-ToGuide system and the tourist. GSM/GPRS cellular telephone
networks and the Internet provide the transmission backbone of the
system. All information and services delivered to the tourist will
be relevant to his/her specific location (location-based) and tailored
to that end-user's personal profile. Three European cities will host
the system's field trials Ultimately, the m-ToGuide project is striving
to achieve the commercial implementation of an end-to-end, state-of-the-art,
mobile tourist service.
Tourists require accurate, current and relevant information about a multitude of topics, e.g. sites, accommodations, restaurants, performances, schedules, routes, guide support, history. Such need clearly indicates the great potential for use by tourists of travel and touring information and related services. The innovation of the m-ToGuide service is that it is a current, comprehensive and mobile electronic tourist information guide. The tourist has available to him/her the most relevant and current data. Use of m-ToGuide enables its user to gain immediate access to information or services that he/she is seeking, e.g. attractions, shopping, places of interest, directions. For instance, the m-ToGuide can show the tourist his/her location, using the most suitable format of map or photograph. It might then direct him/her to the next point and identify the best method of available transportation. Further, m-ToGuide would propose a list of worthwhile attractions or entertainment options which are near-by and relevant in time. Should the tourist accept, m-ToGuide would propose purchasing him/her tickets or placing a reservation.
The m-ToGuide system incorporates intelligent decision processing. This capability accounts for an individual's needs, based on established personal criteria, and then delivers information tailored for the recipient. The system can suggest service promotions and deals to the tourist, again, relevant to his/her location, available time and personal profile.
m-ToGuide's strength is in its completeness in addressing the tourist's information needs, thus dramatically improving the satisfaction that one can derive from his/her trip
|The aim is to design and implement technology that is
ambient, personalised to the users, and sensitive to their individual
situation (i.e. context-sensitive). The idea is to develop a new system
architecture, which will enable ambient information services to be
delivered to mobile citizens. These services will be ubiquitous, personalised
to the individual user, and appropriate to the user's current situation/
context. The application focus will be targeting citizens who are
mobile - particularly business travellers and tourists. The project
aims at testing and evaluating a prototype system with mobile users.
Hence, user-centred design with user testing and evaluation are corner
stones of the project.
The AmbieSense project looks into the future of the Ambient Intelligence Landscape - a landscape where computing surrounds you while mobile users are on the move. AmbieSense focus on travellers and tourists as end users. It will take one important step towards ambient, personalised, and context-sensitive info spaces for mobile citizens. The main scientific challenge is in the use of environmental context information and individual user context information to develop leading edge personalised interactive information services for mobile users. The main technological challenge lies in the combination of ambient, context-sensitive and personalisation technologies.
|The Image system receives end users' requests and provides
customised transport and tourism information based on user profiling and adaptation of
personal needs. User localisation, navigation and e-commerce complement the services for
the consummated end user support. The required information is consolidated from multi-sources
(external to the system content providers) and referenced to the specific geographic
The Image system operates within a multi-intelligent agent environment. It delivers through widely used networks, for example the Internet, and stakes a lot on the utilisation of mobile devices, such as PDAs, GSM & GPRS mobile handsets.
Image develops an open and modular service platform, advanced key services, such as localisation, navigation and e-commerce and introduce a new business role, the Agent Provider that intermediates between the actors involved in service delivery, i.e. the network of content providers, service and product providers and the end-users.
Image will provide European citizens with a wider range of services made more easily accessible for them through a common supply channel. Image will enhance the mobility of citizens, especially tourists, elderly and disabled and also the mobility of labour. In its strong focus on travel it supports seamless public transport services and may thus have positive effect on the modal split of transport.
Image verifies its technical efficiency and financial viability at test-beds in Turin, Italy and Tampere, Finland. Image examines and concludes through a financial analysis the related costs of the service as well as the benefits and gains foreseen. It designs and develops a viable business model for the network of business entities involved in the envisaged scheme.
The Image consortium consists of contractors and sub-contractors from six countries covering geographically the whole Europe. Within its dissemination work the project intends to involve organisations from other European countries. Special attention has also been given to the potential new member countries that will be invited to a specific conference.