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The Visual Computer

, Volume 24, Issue 7–9, pp 837–845 | Cite as

User-centric universal multimedia access in home networks

  • Bernhard Reiterer
  • Cyril Concolato
  • Janine Lachner
  • Jean Le Feuvre
  • Jean-Claude Moissinac
  • Stefano Lenzi
  • Stefano Chessa
  • Enrique Fernández Ferrá
  • Juan José González Menaya
  • Hermann Hellwagner
Original Article

Abstract

Much research is currently being conducted towards Universal Multimedia Access, aiming at removing barriers that arise when multimedia content is to be consumed with more and more heterogeneous devices and over diverse networks. We argue that users should be put at the center of the research work to enable user-centric multimedia access.

In this paper we present the requirements for a user-centric multimedia access system in a networked home environment. These requirements are easy access to available content repositories, context awareness, content adaptation and session migration. After showing the limits of state-of-the-art technologies, we present the architecture of a system which allows unified access to the home network content, automatically delivered to rendering devices close to the user, adapted according to the rendering device constraints, and which is also capable of session mobility.

Keywords

Universal Multimedia Access Multimedia adaptation UPnP AV Context awareness Content sharing 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernhard Reiterer
    • 1
  • Cyril Concolato
    • 2
  • Janine Lachner
    • 1
  • Jean Le Feuvre
    • 2
  • Jean-Claude Moissinac
    • 2
  • Stefano Lenzi
    • 3
  • Stefano Chessa
    • 3
  • Enrique Fernández Ferrá
    • 4
  • Juan José González Menaya
    • 4
  • Hermann Hellwagner
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Information TechnologyKlagenfurt UniversityKlagenfurtAustria
  2. 2.TELECOM ParisTechParisFrance
  3. 3.Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell’InformazioneUniversity of Pisa and CNRPisaItaly
  4. 4.Telefónica Investigación y DesarrolloMadridSpain

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