Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for Digital Agenda, recently praised the iNEM4U (Interactive Networked Experiences for You) project in a video message during the closing meeting. The research group ‘Distributed and Interactive Systems’ of the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) actively participated in this research project.
Neelie Kroes: “Thanks to iNEM4U, a technology consortium, there is now an interactive platform that allows people to exchange pictures and videos from life events with their friends who are watching the shows on their computer or TV screens.”
Goal of the iNEM4U was to develop an open and intelligent service platform that enables groups of people, such as families and friends, to share media and services in an easy and integrated way. The iNEM4U platform facilitates such experiences by allowing applications to easily combine media and services from different networks, such as the Internet, IPTV networks, and mobile networks.
The CWI research group lead the synchronization task, which is one of the pillars of the research project. This is because shared experiences demand consistent rendering of the multimedia streams across the network. Specifically, the CWI group was the primary contributor in the architecture design of the cross-domain synchronization algorithms used in the project. During the project the synchronization algorithms were implemented in Philips’s NetTV, HP’s Media Server and prototypes from the research community, the FOKUS’ Open IPTV Ecosystem. The project is a good example of how fundamental research is converted into a service that is beneficial for the society.Project leader Novay worked in the iNEM4U research poject further together with industry and research partners Philips, NEC, HP, Logica, Telenor, IRT and Fraunhofer Fokus. The project is co-founded by the European Commission.
More information about iNEM4U, the blog post of Neelie Kroes and her video can be found at: