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enabling users for – Distance-working & Organizational Mobility using Ambient Intelligence service Network
|EU project (STREP)
Started June 2006
Finished May 2007
The eu-DOMAIN project was 3-year Strategic Targeted Research Project that developed an innovative European ambient intelligence service platform for automatic, context sensitive offering and contracting of mobile web services across heterogeneous networks.
The purpose of the eu-DOMAIN service platform is to interconnect people, devices, buildings and content in an interoperable network.
The realisation of an Europe-wide internet based service network was for a long time (and still is) obstructed by a huge variety of proprietary systems not being able to communicate across platforms, users struggling to make systems from different manufacturers operate together and technological platforms that support but a few services, especially when services are needed outside fixed workspaces like homes, offices or factories.
Hence, the vision of the eu-DOMAIN project was to develop a Europe-wide, mobile, ambient intelligence services platform that would integrate users into intelligent surroundings and supports new methods of collaborative working with seamless delivery-on-demand of services from content repositories to people, machines and devices.
A major part of the project was devoted to research and development in infrastructure components that eventually would be integrated into a workable demonstration platform upon which two user cases (healthcare and industrial pumps) could be demonstrated and evaluated against user requirements defined at the onset of the project.
A detailed description of the technological infrastructure is shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1 Conceptual overview of eu-DOMAIN service infrastructure.
Each location has installed one or more service gateways. They form dynamic, local intelligence clusters and access points to existing local area networks, through which, two-way communication with other installations in the building (e.g. alarm systems, energy control, etc.) can be established.
Third party Service Provides may deliver web services via the eu-DOMAIN network and the service gateway directly to the user. The services can be either one-way service delivery or two-way interactive services. The provisioning platform also allows for provisioning of traditional one-way HTML content and for advanced semantic web searches.
The eu-DOMAIN infrastructure contains the following main components:
To support modifiability, the core of the eu-DOMAIN platform is a domain model which initially models basic concepts of eu-DOMAIN-based application. This domain model may be adapted – by extending a corresponding meta-model – to add new concepts supporting specific application domains. The domain model defines all application domain-related features, like data and operations, so that every part of the system is able to access them. The Domain Model is defined mainly as follows:
To support heterogeneous devices, terminals, and content providers, the eu-DOMAIN is divided into three tiers containing devices, terminals and gateways, and servers and external services respectively. Briefly, the tiers have the following responsibilities:
The application intelligence is responsible for managing the interpretation of input to the eu-DOMAIN components and evaluating actions for these inputs.
The main functional features of the application intelligence components can be summarised as follows:
From the range of potentially exploitable products, three main outcomes were prioritized:
The eu-DOMAIN AmI service platform: The eu-DOMAIN Ambient Intelligence (AmI) Service Platform is a web based service that offers all eu-DOMAIN functionalities to service providers as described in Figure 2.
Figure 2 Logical overview of eu-DOMAIN service platform
The eu-DOMAIN web service components: The eu-DOMAIN platform is an infrastructure where different components, applications and services can be plugged in and services and application can be developed in order to adapt it to the special needs and requirements of a given domain. The same infrastructure can be used for several domains by changing the conceptual domain model that defines the elements and the relations inside the application. Application developers will have access to the software components for web service provisioning in order to develop eu-DOMAIN compatible applications and services, which can be automatically deployed in the specific environment. The web service components were to be made available as a toolbox library or as a full Software Development Toolkit (SDK). However, this task was taken over by the Hydra project, where the SOA and model based concepts of eu-DOMAIN were implemented and augmented in the form of the LinkSmart middleware software platform. A SDK was developed in the Hydra project.
The eu-DOMAIN consultancy services: New and improved knowledge on the technical infrastructure, architecture, conceptual models and web service components and their methods of interaction can be turned into valuable consulting services for several partners. The work on business modelling has provided valuable insight into the value creation process in e-Business environments and the experiences has been continued in other projects and consultancy services for In-JeT and other partners.
In-JeT’s role in the project
In-JeT was the Technical Manager of the eu-DOMAIN project. We also participated in the workpackage on requirements engineering, conducted scenario thinking workshops and developed future scenarios for the use of the eu-DOMAIN platform. In-JeT was also in charge of the workpackage on validation and uptake. In this workpackage we validated the project outcomes together with users and developed market entry strategies and business models for healthcare and industrial products. On the dissemination and exploitation side, we were editors of the eu-DOMAIN website.
C International Ltd., UK (Coordinator)
Innova S.p.A., Italy
In-JeT ApS, Denmark (Technical Coordinator)
University of Aarhus, Dept. of Computer Science, Denmark
Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas, Greece
CNet Svenska AB, Sweden
T-connect s.r.l., Italy
Software AG, Systems Group, Spain
Telefónica I+D, Spain
Grundfos Management A/S, Danmark
Eastern Birmingham Primary Care Trust, UK
LIWAS ApS (subsupplier)
ACit GmbH (subsupplier)
Co-funded by the European Commission
6th Framework Programme for Research - http://cordis.europa.eu/fp6
Project budget: 4.0 m€
Project funding: 2.4 m€
Project start date: 1 June 2004
Project end date: 31 May 2007