The ENTHRONE project
A key element for the successful mass market provision of audio-visual services that will produce revenues for the content/service providers and network operators is an integrated management solution based on the end-to-end Quality of Service (QoS) over heterogeneous networks and terminals. Content providers wish to have guarantees that their content will reach customers with high quality and in a timely and secure manner. However, no complete and unified solution that enables the end-to-end delivery of services over various different types of networks at a guaranteed quality level exists today.
The ENTHRONE project is led by Professor George Pavlou in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and is funded by the EU. It proposes an integrated management solution that covers the entire audio-visual service distribution chain, including protected content handling, distribution across different types of wired and wireless networks and reception at disparate user terminals. The aim is not to unify or impose a strategy on each individual entity of the chain, but to harmonise their functionality, in order to support an end-to-end Quality of Service (QoS) architecture over heterogeneous networks, applied to a variety of audio-visual services that are delivered to disparate user terminals. In order to meet its objectives, the project is relying on an open distributed management architecture for the end-to-end delivery chain. The MPEG-21 data model is used to provide the common support for implementing and managing the multimedia resources.
For further information, please visit: http://www.ist-enthrone.org/