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MEDIACOM 2004 - Version 4, April 2006
Details of the MEDIACOM Project
The scope of Mediacom includes the following topics:
  • End-to-end multimedia systems and services capabilities over all network types including NGN and the Internet: videophone/videoconference, multipoint/multicast multimedia systems, multimedia on demand, electronic commerce, distance learning, telemedicine, interactive TV services, web-casting, MBone, including their support through different terminals and devices within the home environment, etc.
  • End-to-end multimedia systems and services over wireless access systems, e.g., using Radio Frequency or Infrared (RFID, IMT-2000, Wireless Application Protocol Forum, Bluetooth, HomeRF, IrDA, etc.). In this environment, computer or consumer Information Appliance devices will be used.
  • Content-related aspects for or using multimedia systems (security dimensions, DRM, etc).
  • Multimedia broadcasting systems that interactively handle audio, video and data (so-called triple play).
  • The extension of E-mail and the WWW for the transmission of multimedia ‘documents’.
Contents of the project
The Mediacom Project will address:
  • Definition of the framework concept (objectives, architecture).
  • Definition of the framework study areas (including the relationship with existing ITU activities, e.g. home networking, IPTV, NID, NGN).
  • Standardisation of services capabilities, systems and terminals for multimedia applications over existing and future platforms, providing end-to-end interoperability.
  • Coordination of the studies performed in the framework study areas defined within the ITU-T and ITU-R (to avoid duplication of work).
  • Promote direct relationship with relevant standardisation bodies, forums and consortia outside the ITU.
SG16 Responsibility
Within the framework of the Mediacom Project, SG16 responsibilities include:
  • Develop a framework for multimedia terminals, systems and applications, which must be as agnostic as possible (i.e. independent from the underlying infrastructure).
  • Develop appropriate service capabilities and systems-related standards for applications in multimedia communications.
  • Define the interface with the relevant work areas assigned to the other ITU-T and ITU-R Study Groups involved.
  • Liaison and coordination with relevant bodies outside the ITU.
  • Ensure that end-to-end interoperability is accommodated either by full compatibility between systems, or by specification of the appropriate gateways.
  • Maintain a database of all multimedia standardization activities.


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