TelecomI+D07: Mejora y Creación de Negocio en Entornos Rurales mediante un Middleware de Control que incorpora capacidades de red NG (TelecomI+D07: Business enhancement and creation in Rural Environments thorugh a Control Middleware that introduces NGN enablers)

Cristina Peña (alcega@tid.es)1, Carlos Ralli (ralli@tid.es)1, Carlos Javier Soleto (carlos.soleto@altran.es)2, Sandra Monzón (smonzon@tsc.uc3m.es)3


1Telefónica I+D
2Altran
3Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

This paper appears in: Revista IEEE América Latina

Publication Date: July 2009
Volume: 7,   Issue: 3 
ISSN: 1548-0992


Abstract:
This paper describes the architecture designed and developed by the IST FP6 project “C@R: Collaboration at Rural” which involves all key actors of traditional and new rural businesses in the process of improving its efficiency, productivity and competitiveness through the adoption of information and communications technologies. The solution is based on building collaborative working environments made of interactive services with better usability, utility and ubiquity. An innovative approach is applied since researchers learn from end users in real environments o “Living Labs” in an iterative process and cyclic of consecutive designs and implementations. From the technical point of view, the concept of “Collaborative Networks” is brought up, which consists in defining a control layer or middleware that integrates the enablers of the operator networks with the other hardware and software resources. The result is an interactive CWE that improves the performance of current business and puts the necessary conditions to promote the deployment of new business in the rural areas.

Index Terms:
Network enablers, Collaborative Working Environments, Middleware, Next Generation Networks   


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