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Papers presented in the AIAI-2012 Conference / (LiveCity) IIVC-2012 Workshop

Chalkidiki, Greece, September 27-30, 2012

Paper No.

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Authors

Paper abstract

1.

“Developing Innovative Live Video-to-Video Communications for Smarter European Cities”.

Published by IFIP and Springer in the Proceedings of the Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2012) International Conference, held at Chalkidiki, Greece, September 27-30, 2012.

L. Iliadis et al. (Eds).

AIAI 2012 Workshops,

IFIP AICT 382, pp.279-289.

ISBN: 978-3-642-33411-5

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-33412-2_29

 

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE),

Ioannis Stephanakis (OTE),

Anastasia Spiliopoulou (OTE),

Evangelos Sfakianakis (OTE)

and

Latif Ladid (SnT/Université du Luxembourg).

 

The LiveCity Project effort intends to create a city-based “Living Lab” and associated ecosystem to pilot live interactive high-definition video-to-video (v2v) on ultrafast wireless and wireline Internet infrastructure for the support of appropriate public service use cases among a number of city user communities initially in four major European cities (Dublin, Athens, Luxembourg (city) and Valladolid). The essential aim is to empower the citizens of a city to interact with each other in a more productive, efficient and socially useful way by using v2v over the Internet, as the latter can be considered to improve city administration, reduce fuel costs and carbon footprint, enhance education, improve city experiences for tourists/cultural consumers and save patients’ lives. LiveCity underpins technology which has the ability to massively scale while it integrates the necessary ingredients in an efficient low-cost manner and provides a proper testing ground for a mass market deployment to the cities in Europe.

 

2.

“Multimedia Content Distribution Over Next-Generation Heterogeneous Networks Featuring a Service Architecture of Sliced Resources”.

Published by IFIP and Springer in the Proceedings of the Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2012) International Conference, held at Chalkidiki, Greece, September 27-30, 2012.

L. Iliadis et al. (Eds).

AIAI 2012 Workshops,

IFIP AICT 382, pp.300-310.

ISBN: 978-3-642-33411-5

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-33412-2_31

 

Ioannis Stephanakis (OTE)

and

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE)

Recent advancements of IP networks pave the way for Over-the-Top (OTT) applications. Evolved telecom platforms provide revenue potentials via Service Gateways (APIs) on top of VoIP/RCS (IMS), Machine Type Communication (MTC) and Smart Bit pipe approaches. QoS is achieved through over-provisioning in today’s access and core networks since there are no flexible mechanisms that are available for end-users to influence the QoS level. Processes for user-demanded and operator-controlled QoS management as well as mechanisms for applications signaling their requirements on the data path into the network are far from being adequate. Novel approaches regarding end-to-end inter-domain flow-control architectures, i.e. network slicing, as well as machine-to-machine (M2M) virtualization platforms that handle such functions as device/ communication management, session management and bearer and charging management are emerging promising enhanced multimedia communications and efficient utilization of network resources. They promote cloud services and they integrate the computer word into next generation telecommunications.

 

3.

“Enhancing Education and Learning Capabilities via the Implementation of Video-to-Video Communications”.

Published by IFIP and Springer in the Proceedings of the Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2012) International Conference, held at Chalkidiki, Greece, September 27-30, 2012.

L. Iliadis et al. (Eds).

AIAI 2012 Workshops,

IFIP AICT 382, pp.268-278.

ISBN: 978-3-642-33411-5

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-33412-2_28

 

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE),

Anastasia Spiliopoulou (OTE),

Evangelos Sfakianakis (OTE),

Ioannis Stephanakis (OTE),

Donal Morris (RedZinc) and

Martin Kennedy

(Skryne School).

The LiveCity Project addresses a number of communities where the citizens of a city can have specific challenges and derive immediate benefits or advantages from the proper and effective use of live interactive high definition video-to-video (v2v) communications over the Internet, for various sectors of applications and/or related services. One of these communities is the educational community, where major benefits and impacts may raise, as a result of the innovative v2v implementation and use, to support teaching and learning activities. In this paper, we propose a specific context to satisfy this challenge, based on the formation of a “network” of involved schools, where we also identify essential users’ needs and propose distinct educational use cases (i.e.: v2v for school-to-school communication and v2v for an interactive homework channel). In addition, we discuss potential benefits from this action and we identify legal and ethical issues that may affect further progress.

 

4.

Video-to-Video for e-Health: Use Case, Concepts and Pilot plan”.

Published by IFIP and Springer in the Proceedings of the Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2012) International Conference, held at Chalkidiki, Greece, September 27-30, 2012.

L. Iliadis et al. (Eds).

AIAI 2012 Workshops,

IFIP AICT 382, pp.311-321.

ISBN: 978-3-642-33411-5

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-33412-2_32

 

Makis Stamatelatos (UoA),

George Katsikas (UoA),

Petros Makris (UoA), Nancy Alonistioti (UoA),

Serafeim Antonakis (UoA),

Dimitrios Alonistiotis (UoA)

and

Panagiotis Theodossiadis (UoA).

Future Internet and smart cities are creating a very promising paradigm for providing advanced services to citizens. The paradigm of e-Health forms a valuable yet demanding use case for design, develop, deploy and provide related services. The aim of LiveCity project is to empower the citizens of a city to interact with each other in a more productive efficient and socially useful way by using high quality video-to-video (v2v); v2v can be used to improve medical services. This paper presents the related concepts, the scenario and the pilot set for the tele-monitoring service realization, deployment and provision.

5.

“Utilizing a High-Definition Live Video Platform to Facilitate Public Service Delivery”.

Published by IFIP and Springer in the Proceedings of the Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2012) International Conference, held at Chalkidiki, Greece, September 27-30, 2012.

L. Iliadis et al. (Eds).

AIAI 2012 Workshops,

IFIP AICT 382, pp.290-299.

ISBN: 978-3-642-33411-5

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-33412-2_30

 

Vishanth Weerakkody (Brunel University),

Ramzi El-Haddadeh (Brunel University),

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE)

and

Donal Morris (RedZinc).

 

The LiveCity Project effort intends to create a city-based “Living Lab” and associated ecosystem to pilot live interactive high-definition video-to-video (v2v) on ultrafast wireless and wireline Internet infrastructure for the support of appropriate public service use cases among a number of city user communities initially in four major European cities. The essential aim is to empower the citizens of a city to interact with each other in a more productive, efficient and socially useful way by using v2v over the Internet, as the latter can be considered to improve city administration, enhance education and city experiences for tourists/ cultural consumers and save patients’ lives. We discuss the role that stakeholders can play in identifying appropriate KPIs to assess the progress of the LiveCity concept, covering the underlying network infrastructure, the intended services-facilities per specific case, as well as users’ satisfaction and requirements.

6.

“The Impact of IPv6 on Video-to-Video and Mobile Video Communications”.

Published by IFIP and Springer in the Proceedings of the Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2012) International Conference, held at Chalkidiki, Greece, September 27-30, 2012.

L. Iliadis et al. (Eds).

AIAI 2012 Workshops,

IFIP AICT 382, pp.322-331.

ISBN: 978-3-642-33411-5

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-33412-2_33

 

Latif Ladid

(SnT/Université du Luxemburg)

and

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE).

New technologies, viewing paradigms and content distribution approaches are about to take the TV/video services industry by storm. Five emerging trends are observable, among which is the worldwide deployment of IP Version 6 (IPv6), that are all related to the next-generation delivery of entertainment-quality video and can be capitalized upon by progressive service providers, telcos, cable operators, and ISPs. This work aims at exploring the IPv6-based evolving trends and offering practical suggestions of how it could support effective growth of video-to-video and mobile video communications. It also addresses an overview of IPv6; the rapid expansion of video-based solutions in the ICT market sector; IPv6 advantages for enhanced video communications as well as QoS issues from the use of IPV6 and IPv6 multicast approaches.

7.

“LiveCity: A Secure Live Video-to-Video Interactive City Infrastructure”.

Published by IFIP and Springer in the Proceedings of the Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2012) International Conference, held at Chalkidiki, Greece, September 27-30, 2012.

L. Iliadis et al. (Eds).

AIAI 2012 Workshops,

IFIP AICT 382, pp.260-267.

ISBN: 978-3-642-33411-5

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-33412-2_27

 

Joao Goncalves (OneSource),

Luis Cordeiro (OneSource),

Patricio Batista (OneSource)

and

Edmundo Monteiro (OneSource).

In typical video-to-video transmissions, security and confidentiality is becoming an issue of greater importance, but these features come at a cost. In mobile environments, where CPU time is a valuable resource, such features should be thoroughly thought over as they usually require heavy computational resources. In this paper a short analysis on existing streaming solutions, standardized and otherwise, is performed while taking into consideration the scope of the LiveCity project of developing applications destined to the end-user. An analysis of different transmission protocols and their specifications, as well as encryption protocols designed to work on top of streamed data, is performed as a means to access which specifications better fit LiveCity requirements.

 

 

 

 

Paper presented in the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS-2013) Event

Utrecht, The Netherlands, June 05-08, 2013

Paper No.

Paper title

Authors

Paper abstract

1.

Diffusing Public Sector Services through High Definition Video”.

Published by AIS eLibrary in the Proceedings of the 21st European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS-2013), held at Utrecht, Netherlands, June 05-08, 2013.

 

(More information about the conference can be found at:

https://sites.google.com/site/ecis2013nl/).

 

Andreea Molnar (Brunel University),

Vishanth Weerakkody (Brunel University),

and

Ramzi El-Haddadeh (Brunel University).

The adoption of public services that have been delivered electronically are not necessarily uniformly accepted. This paper argues that the diffusion of high definition video communication as a complimentary mechanism for service delivery could not only alleviate this existing gap in adoption and diffusion of government services but also significantly improve services and save cost for governments. This paper introduces a holistic perspective on how video technology could be integrated in existing services using examples of health, education, and municipality services. This paper introduces a taxonomy of criteria that characterizes high definition video communication for diffusing public services by examining the associated benefits, cost and risks.

 

 

 

Paper presented in the IFIP WG 8.6: Grand Successes and Failures in IT Event

Bangalore, India, June 27-29, 2013

Paper No.

Paper title

Authors

Paper abstract

1.

A Framework Reference for Evaluating User Experience when Using High Definition Video-to-Video to Facilitate Public Services”.

Published by IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology and Springer in the Proceedings of the IFIP 8.6: Grand Successes and Failures in IT, held at Bangalore, India, June 27-29, 2013

 

Y.K. Dwivedi et al. (Eds).

TDIT 2013,

IFIP AICT 402, pp.436-450.

ISBN: 978-3-642-38861-3

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-38862-0_27

 

 

(More information about the conference can be found at: http://ifip86.iimb.ernet.in/).

 

Andreea Molnar (Brunel University),

Vishanth Weerakkody (Brunel University),

Ramzi El-Haddadeh (Brunel University),

Habin Lee

(Brunel University),

and

Zahir Irani

(Brunel University).

This paper proposes the use of high definition video to video as a means to facilitate the adoption of public services. High definition video can be delivered over the public Internet infrastructure by using a Right of Way platform that guarantees no interference from unwanted traffic. In this paper, we discuss the benefits of using high definition video-to-video communication in the public sector to facilitate services such as health, education and city experience/ administration. Drawing from the dominant theories on Information Communication Technology we then propose a framework of reference to evaluate user experience of such services based on the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology 2 (Venkatesh et al., 2012), the Information Systems success model (DeLone & McLean, 1992) and inclusion of the perception on information privacy.

 

Papers presented in the SaCoNet-2013 Conference / LiveCity Workshop

Paris, France, July 17-19, 2013

Paper No.

Paper title

Authors

Paper abstract

1.

“An outage compensation algorithm for WLANs”.

Published by IEEE, IEEE Communications Society,

in the Proceedings of the SaCoNet 2013 International Conference (“The 4th International Conference on Smart Communications in Network Technologies”),

held at Paris, France, June 17-19, 2013.

Alexandros Apostolidis (UoA),

Dimitris Siouras (UoA),

and

Nancy Alonistioti (UoA).

 

In this paper we propose an algorithm to address the emergency case of an access point (AP) failure by adjusting a radio parameter of the neighboring APs. The goal is to minimize the coverage gap while at the same time: a) restrain imposed interference as much as possible and b) provide adequate load fairness among the APs. We assume an 802.11 infrastructure network where initially every mobile terminal (MT) can connect to at least one AP even when all APs are transmitting at the minimal power level. The algorithm uses a fuzzy inference system with the following inputs: a) the compensating AP’s load and b) a metric of the overlapping area that each compensating AP creates with the neighboring APs. The output is the transmission power increase of the compensating Aps.

 

2.

“Time Estimation of a Ring-based Bootstrapping Protocol in Wireless Sensor Networks”.

Published by IEEE, IEEE Communications Society,

in the Proceedings of the SaCoNet 2013 International Conference (“The 4th International Conference on Smart Communications in Network Technologies”),

held at Paris, France, June 17-19, 2013.

Ghofrane Fersi (National School of Engineers of Sfax, Tunisia),

Wassef Louati

(High Institute of Computer Science and Multimedia of Mahdia, Tunisia),

and

Maher Ben Jemaa (ReDCAD, Tunisia)

Bootstrapping is one of the most crucial issues in Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) especially at the case of ring-based protocols where all the nodes should be placed into one global consistent ring. Recent approaches are unable to form directly one global ring. They form as a first step multiple rings, then add an additional step to fuse all the rings into one global consistent ring. We have proposed in a recent work a solution that avoids the formation of separated rings and forms directly one global consistent ring by orchestrating the nodes joining process and avoiding concurrent joining. In this paper, we investigate the following problem: Since our bootstrapping approach has multiple sequential steps whose durations are ensured by timers, we should estimate the maximal duration of each step in order to optimize the total time needed to reach the steady state.

 

3.

“Touch By Touch: Promoting Cultural Awareness With Multi-touch Gaming”.

Published by IEEE, IEEE Communications Society,

in the Proceedings of the SaCoNet 2013 International Conference (“The 4th International Conference on Smart Communications in Network Technologies”),

held at Paris, France, June 17-19, 2013.

Andrei Popleteev (SnT/Université du Luxembourg),

Rod McCall (SnT/Université du Luxembourg),

Andreea Molnar

(Brunel University)

and

Tigran Avanesov Alonistioti (SnT/Université du Luxembourg).

This paper presents a work in progress focused on facilitation of cross-cultural awareness between citizens of two European cities. We aim to engage visitors of telecom museums in Athens and Luxembourg to learn more about both cities by means of collaborative games played on multi-touch tables. We also explore how live video-to-video streaming influences players’ behaviour and collaboration with remote players.

 

4.

A Dynamic Governance Framework for Efficient Orchestration of HetNet Empowerment Mechanisms”.

Published by IEEE, IEEE Communications Society,

in the Proceedings of the SaCoNet 2013 International Conference (“The 4th International Conference on Smart Communications in Network Technologies”),

held at Paris, France, June 17-19, 2013.

 

Roi Arapoglou (UoA),

Konstantinos Chatzikokolakis (UoA),

George Katsikas (UoA) and

Nancy Alonistioti (UoA).

 

Now days autonomic network management systems are a significant part of Future Internet vision. These systems may be considered as Network Empowerment Mechanisms (NEMs) in an Heterogeneous, Multi-tier Network Environment. Their main purpose is to monitor network manageable entities, perform decision functions, and start possible healing actions. The NEMs deployment and interworking is proven to be a challenging task, as they increase network complexity in Future Internet paradigm. The decisions and the enforced actions of different NEMs may be conflicting for the underlying network environment thus increasing the complexity of the Network Management. The Unified Management Framework (UMF) solves the aforementioned problems by enabling the efficient orchestration of NEM entities. Following the UMF paradigm, in this work we provide the implementation of the Governance functionality based on an ontology implementation. Furthermore, building on the outcomes of the ontology, we implement the conflict detection and resolution functionality, aiming at handling conflicts in policies introduced by the network operator. The afore-described approach enables the dynamic introduction of newly deployed NEMs into the Governance lifecycle, through the use of OWL language, under specific time constraints.

 

 

 

Paper presented in the American Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS-2013) Event

Chicago, Illinois, USA, August 15-17, 2013

Paper No.

Paper title

Authors

Paper abstract

1.

Facilitating Adoption of Public Services: The Case of Video to Video Usage in Education”.

Published by AIS eLibrary in the Proceedings of the American Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS-2013), held at Chicago, USA, August 15-17, 2013.

 

(More information about the conference can be found at:

http://amcis2013.aisnet.org/).

 

 

Andreea Molnar (Brunel University),

Vishanth Weerakkody (Brunel University),

and

Ramzi El-Haddadeh (Brunel University).

The adoption of innovative Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in public services in general, and in education in particular has intensified in the last few years. Although electronic services in learning has been used in primary, secondary and higher education for some years, the use of live video technology to facilitate public services has rarely been explored before. In this paper, we focus on the adoption of high definition video-to-video (V2V) communication in the context of public sector primary education. This paper examines how V2V technology can be utilised in encouraging collaborative learning initiatives among different schools. Results of a preliminary case study are presented highlighting some of the technical and users criteria required to ensure a successful adoption of video-to-video communication in the context of education

 

 

Papers presented in the EANN-2013 Conference / (LiveCity) IPMSC-2013 Workshop

Chalkidiki, Greece, September 13-16, 2013

Paper No.

Paper title

Authors

Paper abstract

1.

Living Labs in Smart Cities as Critical Enablers for Making Real the Modern Future Internet”.

Published by IFIP and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the Engineering Applications on Neural Networks (EANN-2013) International Conference, held at Chalkidiki, Greece, September 13-16, 2013.

L. Iliadis, H. Papadopoulos and C. Jayne. (Eds).

EANN 2013, Part II

CCIS 384, pp.312-321.

ISBN:    978-3-642-41015-4

e-ISBN: 978-3-642-41013-0

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-41016-1_33

ISSN:     1865-0929

e-ISSN:  1865-0937

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE),

Anastasia Spiliopoulou (OTE),

Evangelos Sfakianakis (OTE)

Kelly Georgiadou (OTE)

and

Eleni Rethimiotaki (UoA).

 

The present position paper discusses several challenges originating from the fast growth of the Future Internet (FI) in the context of ICT, mainly within urban environments where a multiplicity of digital-based opportunities may appear for the benefit of various categories of citizens (corporate and residential) as well as of several legal entities. In particular, we focus upon the concept of actual European Living Labs that can be identified as real “enablers” for the fast growth and the proper adoption and/or implementation of modern FI-based facilities and of related services-products in a variety of domains as well as for a diversity of applications, also covering many innovative ones. Living-Labs can provide a diversity of benefits for the market, the technological evolution and the society, thus enhancing progress and development.

 

2.

“Energy Efficient E-Band Transceiver for Future Networking”.

Published by IFIP and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the Engineering Applications on Neural Networks (EANN-2013) International Conference, held at Chalkidiki, Greece, September 13-16, 2013.

L. Iliadis, H. Papadopoulos and C. Jayne. (Eds).

EANN 2013, Part II

CCIS 384, pp.292-301.

ISBN:    978-3-642-41015-4

e-ISBN: 978-3-642-41013-0

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-41016-1_31

ISSN:     1865-0929

e-ISSN:  1865-0937.


Kelly Georgiadou (OTE)

Mario Giovanni Frecassetti (ALU-I),

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE),

Evangelos Sfakianakis (OTE)

and

Ioannis Stephanakis (OTE).

 

Rapidly changing network requirements and traffic growth, call for new deployment architectures and utilization of emerging technologies in higher operational frequencies, such as the E-band. The E3NETWORK project aims at designing an E-band transceiver capable of fulfilling the enhanced backhaul challenges set by future networking. In this paper, the unique characteristics of E-band systems are highlighted. A regulatory overview of the E-band allocations is presented. The main potential applications of E-band technology are investigated. Among others, focus is given to comparative advantages of E-band backhauling against conventional backhaul solutions

3.

A Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) Model for Scheduling Nonlinear Multimedia Services in Multi-commodity Fat-tree Cloud Networks”.

Published by IFIP and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the Engineering Applications on Neural Networks (EANN-2013) International Conference, held at Chalkidiki, Greece, September 13-16, 2013.

L. Iliadis, H. Papadopoulos and C. Jayne. (Eds).

EANN 2013, Part II

CCIS 384, pp.257-268.

ISBN:    978-3-642-41015-4

e-ISBN: 978-3-642-41013-0

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-41016-1_28

ISSN:     1865-0929

e-ISSN:  1865-0937.


Ioannis Stephanakis (OTE),

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE),

George Caridakis (OTE)

and

Stefanos Kollias (NTUA).

 

Cloud computing delivers computing services over virtualized networks to many end-users. Virtualized networks are characterized by such attributes as on-demand self-service, broad network access, resource pooling, rapid and elastic resource provisioning and metered services at various qualities. Cloud networks provide data as well as multimedia and video services. They are classified into private cloud networks, public cloud networks and hybrid cloud networks. Linear video services include broadcasting and in-stream video that may be viewed in a video player whereas non-linear video services include a combination of in-stream video with on-demand services, which are originated from distributed servers in the network and deliver interactive and pay-per view content. Furthermore heterogeneous delivery

networks that include fixed and mobile internet infrastructures require that adaptive video streaming should be carried out at network boundaries based on such protocols as HTTP Live Streaming (HLS). Distributed processing of nonlinear video services in cloud environments is addressed in the present work by defining Distributed Acyclic Graphs (DAG) models for multimedia processes executed by a set of non-locally confined virtual machines. A novel discrete multivalue Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) algorithm is proposed in order to optimize task scheduling and workflow. Numerical simulations regarding such measures as Schedule-Length-Ratio (SLR) and Speedup are given for novel fat-tree cloud architectures.

4.

“Creative Rings for Smart Cities”.

Published by IFIP and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the Engineering Applications on Neural Networks (EANN-2013) International Conference, held at Chalkidiki, Greece, September 13-16, 2013.

L. Iliadis, H. Papadopoulos and C. Jayne. (Eds).

EANN 2013, Part II

CCIS 384, pp.282-291.

ISBN:    978-3-642-41015-4

e-ISBN: 978-3-642-41013-0

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-41016-1_30

ISSN:     1865-0929

e-ISSN:  1865-0937.

Simon Delaere

(iMinds),

Pieter Ballon

(iMinds),

Peter Mechant (iMinds),

Giorgio Parladori

(ALU-I),

Dirk Osstyn

(ALU Bell NV),

Merce Lopez

(i2Cat),

Fabio Antonelli (CREATE-NET),

Sven Maltha

(DI&I),

Makis Stamatelatos (UoA)

and

Ana Garcia

(NTUA).

In order to become true, Smart Cities are going beyond safety and transportation: Smart Cities should be Smart Creative Cities providing and sharing services based on applications addressing – among others - culture and creativity on top of Future Internet platforms and network infrastructures. Smart Cities should go beyond safety and transportation aspects and address the Creative Industries (CI). Creative Industries are those industries that have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent and combine the production and commercialization of creative content. They include a.o. design, advertising, film and video, music, performing arts, printing, publishing and broadcasting companies. CI lie at the crossroads between the arts, business and technology, making them a source of competitive advantage. Today they are no longer the product of wealth but the origin of it. This paper presents the concept of the Creative Rings in the context of Smart Cities in terms of scenarios, infrastructures and applications

5.

Social and Smart: towards an instance of subconscious social intelligences”.

Published by IFIP and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the Engineering Applications on Neural Networks (EANN-2013) International Conference, held at Chalkidiki, Greece, September 13-16, 2013.

L. Iliadis, H. Papadopoulos and C. Jayne. (Eds).

EANN 2013, Part II

CCIS 384, pp.302-311.

ISBN:    978-3-642-41015-4

e-ISBN: 978-3-642-41013-0

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-41016-1_32

ISSN:     1865-0929

e-ISSN:  1865-0937.

M. Graña

(Universidad del Pais Vasco),

B. Apolloni

(University of Milano),

M. Fiasché

(University of Milano),

G. Galliani

(University of Milano),

C. Zizzo

(University of Milano),

George Caridakis

(NTUA),

Georgios Siolas

(NTUA)

Stefanos Kollias

(NTUA),

F. Barriento

(Fundación Cartif)

and

S. San Jose

(Fundación Cartif)

The Social and Smart (SandS) project aims to lay the foundations for a social network of home appliance users endowed with a layer of intelligent systems that must be able to produce new solutions to new problems on the basis of the knowledge accumulated by the social network players. The system is not a simple recollection of tested appliance use recipes, but it will have the ability generate new or refine existing recipes trying to satisfy user demands, and to perform fine tuning of recipes on the basis of user satisfaction by a hidden reinforcement learning process. This paper aims to advance on the specification of diverse aspects and roles of the system architecture, to get a clearer picture of module interactions and duties, along with data transfer and transformation paths.

6.

Intelligent and adaptive pervasive Future Internet: Smart cities for the citizens”.

Published by IFIP and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the Engineering Applications on Neural Networks (EANN-2013) International Conference, held at Chalkidiki, Greece, September 13-16, 2013.

L. Iliadis, H. Papadopoulos and C. Jayne. (Eds).

EANN 2013, Part II

CCIS 384, pp.269-281.

ISBN:    978-3-642-41015-4

e-ISBN: 978-3-642-41013-0

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-41016-1_29

ISSN:     1865-0929

e-ISSN:  1865-0937.

George Caridakis

(NTUA),

Georgios Siolas

(NTUA)

Phivos Mylonas

(NTUA),

Stefanos Kollias

(NTUA)

and

Andreas Staffyloppatis

(NTUA).

Current article discusses the human centered perspective adopted in the European project SandS within a framework of Internet of Things (IoT). SandS is a complete ecosystem of users within a social network developing a collective intelligence and adapting its operation through appropriately processed feedback. In the research work discussed in this paper we will investigate SandS from the user perspective and how users can be modeled through a number of fuzzy knowledge formalism through stereotypical user profiles. Additionally, context modeling in pervasive computing systems and especially in the SandS smart home paradigm is examined through appropriate representation of context

cues in the overall interaction.

 

 

 

Papers presented in the 12th IFIP eGovernment Conference Event

Koblenz, Germany, September 16-19, 2013

Paper No.

Paper title

Authors

Paper abstract

1.

“Complementing e-Government Services through the use of Video: The LiveCity Project”.

Published by IFIP in Lecture Notes in Informatics (LNI), in the Proceedings of the 12th IFIP e-Government Conference, held at Koblenz, Germany, September 16-19, 2013

EGOV/ePart Ongoing Research, volume 221 of LNI, pp.124-131. GI, (2013)

ISBN: 978-3-88579-615-2

Vishanth Weerakkody (Brunel University), Andreea Molnar

(Brunel University),

Zahir Irani

(Brunel University),

and

Ramzi El-Haddadeh

(Brunel University).

Based upon the core concept of the LiveCity Project we focus on the specific City Cultural Experiences v2v Pilot, designed to allow for visitors at two defined locations to interact with one another in a joint experience and to get educational/entertainment benefits, originating directly from the museum content delivery. We discuss a set of semi-pervasive games (the so-called “Twin Cities” games) which are designed to bring people together at remotely twinned locations through the use of video-to-video communication and multi-touch interaction. We also present an early classification of video-to-video (v2v) interaction games that is designed to inform designers about the potential of such technologies. We classify them as: using video for awareness and communication, interacting with video and video as a game.

 

 

 

Papers presented in the AIAI-2013 Conference / (LiveCity) IIVC-2013 Workshop

Paphos, Cyprus, September 30 - October 02, 2013

Paper No.

Paper title

Authors

Paper abstract

1.

(Semi-) Pervasive Gaming Educational and Entertainment Facilities via Interactive Video-to-Video Communication over the Internet, for Museum Exhibits.

Published by IFIP and Springer Berlin-Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2013) – 9th IFIP WG 12.5 International Conference, held at Paphos, Cyprus, September 30 - October 02, 2013.

H. Papadopoulos, A. Andreou, L. Iliadis and I. Maglogiannis (Eds).

AIAI-2013, IFIP AICT (Advances in Information and Communication Technology) 412, pp.474-485.

ISBN:    978-3-642-41141-0

e-ISBN: 978-3-642-41142-7

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-41142-7_48

ISSN:     1868-4238

e-ISSN:  1868-422x

 

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE),

Rod McCall

(SnT/Université du Luxembourg),

Andrei Popleteev

(SnT/Université du Luxembourg),

Tigran Avanesov

(SnT/Université du Luxembourg),

Tomas Kamarauskas

(SnT/Université du Luxembourg),

Anastasia Spiliopoulou (OTE),

Evangelos Sfakianakis (OTE),

Kelly Georgiadou (OTE),

Nikoletta Liakostavrou (OTE),

Ioannis Kampourakis (OTE) and

Ioannis Stephanakis (OTE).

 

Based upon the core concept of the LiveCity Project we focus on the specific City Cultural Experiences v2v Pilot, designed to allow for visitors at two defined locations to interact with one another in a joint experience and to get educational/entertainment benefits, originating directly from the museum content delivery. We discuss a set of semi-pervasive games (the so-called “Twin Cities” games) which are designed to bring people together at remotely twinned locations through the use of video-to-video communication and multi-touch interaction. We also present an early classification of video-to-video (v2v) interaction games that is designed to inform designers about the potential of such technologies. We classify them as: using video for awareness and communication, interacting with video and video as a game.

 

2.

“A Novel Rate-Distortion Method in 3D Video capturing in the Context of High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) in Intelligent Communications”.

Published by IFIP and Springer Berlin-Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2013) – 9th IFIP WG 12.5 International Conference, held at Paphos, Cyprus, September 30 - October 02, 2013.

H. Papadopoulos, A. Andreou, L. Iliadis and I. Maglogiannis (Eds).

AIAI-2013, IFIP AICT (Advances in Information and Communication Technology) 412, pp.462-473.

ISBN:    978-3-642-41141-0

e-ISBN: 978-3-642-41142-7

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-41142-7_47

ISSN:     1868-4238

e-ISSN:  1868-422x

 

Ioannis Stephanakis (OTE),

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE),

Anastassios Dagiuklas (Hellenic Open University)

and

George Anastassopoulos (Democritus University of Thrace).

High-Efficiency Video Coding is currently proposed as the newest and most efficient video coding standard by the ITU-T Video Coding Experts Group and the ISO/IEC Moving Picture Experts Group. Compression improvement relative to existing standards is estimated in the range of 50%. It is a block-based hybrid video coding algorithm that introduces several novel features compared to MPEG-4 like Coding Units associated with Prediction Units and Transform Units, Advanced Motion Vector Prediction, minimization of a rate-distortion Lagrangian cost, directional orientations for intra-picture prediction etc. The core algorithm of Context-Adaptive Binary Arithmetic Coding is based upon that of the MPEG-4 standard. View synthesis algorithms for HEVC stereo and 3D encoding are expected to be finalized as a standard extension. A Multi-view Video Coding scheme based upon the estimation of correlated parameter sets of elastic models between views is wherein adopted. The order of the tensor equals the number of multiple views. Underlying distributions are updated step-by-step. They are modeled according to context indices.

3.

Tutamen: An Integrated Personal Mobile and Adaptable Video Platform for Health and Protection.

Published by IFIP and Springer Berlin-Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2013) – 9th IFIP WG 12.5 International Conference, held at Paphos, Cyprus, September 30 - October 02, 2013.

H. Papadopoulos, A. Andreou, L. Iliadis and I. Maglogiannis (Eds).

AIAI-2013, IFIP AICT (Advances in Information and Communication Technology) 412, pp.442-451.

ISBN:    978-3-642-41141-0

e-ISBN: 978-3-642-41142-7

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-41142-7_45

ISSN:     1868-4238

e-ISSN:  1868-422x

 

David Palma (OneSource),

Joao Goncalves (OneSource),

Luis Cordeiro (OneSource),

Paulo Simoes (OneSource),

Edmundo Monteiro (OneSource),

Panagis Magdalinos (UoA)

and Ioannis Chochliouros (OTE).

A framework for mobile and portable High-Definition Video streaming is proposed, developed and assessed. Suitable for emergency scenarios, involving for instance ambulances and fire-fighters, the presented framework resorts to a state-of-art platform which considers off-the-shelf hardware and available video codecs for High-Definition Video. The obtained results show that the proposed architecture is able to efficiently support rescuing teams in the demanding scenarios where they operate, guaranteeing video quality and ease of use. This solution is particularly useful for situations where experts in the fields can accurately provide their insights and contributions remotely and in a timely fashion

4.

“Defining Key Performance Indicators for Evaluating the Use of High Definition Video-to-Video Services in eHealth”.

Published by IFIP and Springer Berlin-Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2013) – 9th IFIP WG 12.5 International Conference, held at Paphos, Cyprus, September 30 - October 02, 2013.

H. Papadopoulos, A. Andreou, L. Iliadis and I. Maglogiannis (Eds).

AIAI-2013, IFIP AICT (Advances in Information and Communication Technology) 412, pp.452-461.

ISBN:    978-3-642-41141-0

e-ISBN: 978-3-642-41142-7

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-41142-7_46

ISSN:     1868-4238

e-ISSN:  1868-422x

 

Andreea Molnar (Brunel University),

and

Vishanth Weerakkody (Brunel University).

This paper examines the process of developing key performance indicators (KPIs) for evaluating the use of high definition video (HD) to video (V2V) communication for tele-monitoring patients in a healthcare setting. The research is performed in the context of the European Commission funded LiveCity project and uses as a case study the monitoring of glaucoma patients using V2V technology. Initially, a set of KPIs are defined for V2V use in eHealth services based on literature and secondary research and these KPIs are then refined based on interviews with medical staff involved in the treatment of glaucoma patients. The obtained KPIs are used to analyze the potential of using V2V services in the context of tele-monitoring glaucoma patients.

 

 

Papers presented in the IAEM-2013 Conference /

Letterkenny in County Donegal, Ireland, October 17-19, 2013

Paper No.

Paper title

Authors

Paper abstract

1.

Healthcare provider perspective on Telemedicine in Pre-Hospital Care: A LiveCity Survey of Doctors and Nurses in Emergency Department of Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.

Published by IAEM (Irish Association for Emergency Medicine) in the Proceedings of the National 2013 IAEM Conference held at Letterkenny in County Donegal, Irelands, October 17-19, 2013.

 

A. Padki,

(RCSI),

A. Houlihan,

(RCSI),

A. Amadi-Obi

(RCSI/Beaumont Hospital),

P. Gilligan (RCSI/Beaumont Hospital),

and

C. O’Donnell (HSE).

Prompt specific intervention is required to improve clinical outcome in certain medical   emergencies such as myocardial infarction and stroke. However many of these emergencies occur in situation where immediate specialist management may not be possible. Augmenting first responder decision-making by directly connecting them with medical specialists may improve outcome. This is now possible with live interactive high definition video-to-video communication programs like the LiveCity Project.

As part of the ambulance use case pilot study of the LiveCity project, we present a survey of the perspectives of nurses and doctors in Emergency Department (ED) of Beaumont Hospital Dublin. A questionnaire comprised of seventeen questions was designed by our research team. It included four questions on demographic details and thirteen questions related to comfort levels with technology and willingness to use telemedicine in different circumstances. The questionnaire was distributed in the ED of Beaumont Hospital Dublin over the course of a week. They were given to all doctors and nurses that were on duty during the course of the survey. The quantitative analysis was done with SPSS software. The comments and statements of the   qualitative data were analyzed using simple thematic analysis. 31 doctors and nurses were included in this survey. 90% (n=28) of respondents were willing to use the new technology      comprising 92% (n=11) of doctors, and 89 % ( n=16) of nurses. For specific medical conditions willingness to use telemedicine raged from 77% (Stroke) to 91% (Myocardial Infarction). There was a correlation between professional experience and willingness to use telemedicine with more experienced health care professionals showing a reticence to adopting telemedicine in their practice. Interestingly, we note a consistent pattern of increased willingness of doctors to use telemedicine on all aspects compared to nurses. High acceptance level of telemedicine in the ED suggests that the possibility         of enhanced adoption rate. Of interest is the relatively lower willingness amongst nurses and experienced personnel indicated that targeted awareness programmes for these sub-groups may be required to aid implementation.

 

2.

Perceptions and views of use of Telemedicine in Emergency Care: A LiveCity survey of patients attending the Emergency Department.

Published by IAEM (Irish Association for Emergency Medicine) in the Proceedings of the National 2013 IAEM Conference held at Letterkenny in County Donegal, Irelands, October 17-19, 2013.

 

A. Houlihan,

(RCSI),

A. Amadi-Obi

(RCSI/Beaumont Hospital),

P. Gilligan (RCSI/Beaumont Hospital),

and

C. O’Donnell (HSE).

The LiveCity project is a European Commission funded, live interactive high definition video‐to‐video communication that enables telepresence applications such as telemedicine. This technology is well suited to pre-hospital care where specialist consultation by first responders, in acute medical emergencies such as myocardial infarction and stroke, and may improve clinical outcome. However for the successful adoption of these technologies, patients must be aware of and comfortable with its application. As part of our pilot study to analyze the utility of video‐to‐video consulting in pre‐hospital care we conducted a survey of the perspective of patients of this technology in emergency medicine. After ethics approval, a questionnaire incorporating both free text response and Likert scale format questions was used to analyze patient response. Patients attending the Emergency Department in Beaumont hospital, that met our inclusion criteria, were included in the study. Data analysis was with SPSS software.  85.7% indicated they were comfortable with technology, ranging from “slightly comfortable” to “extremely comfortable”, 96.4% of the respondents had a positive view of video-to‐video consulting between ambulance crews and emergency department doctors. This increased to 100% positive response for use of the technology specifically in the incident of suspected myocardial infarction or major trauma, but remained at 96.4% in the incidence of stroke. Our results reveal a high positive response to the use of telemedicine even amongst those that profess a discomfort with new technology. This public goodwill can be leveraged by policy makers and other stakeholders to advance the implementation of telemedicine use. This is particularly prescient as investment in telemedicine research is required to establish a regulatory framework for wide scale telemedicine adoption.

 

3.

Study of Paramedic Perceptions of the potential for Telemedicine use in Pre-Hospital Care.

Published by IAEM (Irish Association for Emergency Medicine) in the Proceedings of the National 2013 IAEM Conference held at Letterkenny in County Donegal, Irelands, October 17-19, 2013.

 

N. Owens,

(RCSI),

A. Amadi-Obi

(RCSI/Beaumont Hospital),

P. Gilligan (RCSI/Beaumont Hospital),

and

C. O’Donnell (HSE).

Telemedicine in pre‐hospital care may have the potential to increase efficiency, reduce costs and improve clinical outcome. However, like all new and evolving technologies its adoption is dependent on stakeholder awareness and comfort. As part of the LiveCity Project, we analyzed perceptions and awareness of paramedics on the use of video communication technology in pre-hospital care. A Pilot study of paramedics, using a free-text response questionnaire was performed. 50 Ambulance crew members that transported patients to the Emergency department of Beaumont Hospital in Dublin were included in the survey. 46 out of the 50 questionnaires were completed and returned. Respondents ranged in age, from 25 to 62 years old. Experience spanned from less than 1 to 30 years. More than 90% of respondents were of the opinion that video communication technology would play a role in pre-hospital care and suggested potential uses included medical oversight, ECG review, major trauma and stroke management. However, when respondents were asked about their willingness to adopt this technology in practice 67% indicated they would adopt it.  This study indicates a high rate of acceptance of the concept of video communication technology in the pre-hospital setting amongst paramedics. However, the disparity between level of acceptance (91%) and willingness to implement it in practice (67%) suggests that confidence in the technology and evidence of its efficacy might help to improve widespread adoption.

 

 

Papers presented in 5th National ENEPROT Conference /

Thessaloniki, Greece, February 21-22, 2014

Paper No.

Paper title

Authors

Paper abstract

1.

“Development of Interactive & Educational Games Applications via Video-to-Video     Communications”

(«Ανάπτυξη Εφαρμογών Διαδραστικών Εκπαιδευτικών Παιγνίων μέσω    Επικοινωνίας Βίντεο-προς-Βίντεο»)

(Article in Greek).

Published by ENEPROT-Union of Hellenic Scientists for Standardization in the Proceedings of the 5th National Conference for Standardization, Prototypes and Quality”, February 21-22, 2014, Thessaloniki, Greece, pp.87-99.

ISBN: 978-960-9555-02-9.

 

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE),

Evangelia Georgiadou (OTE),

Evangelos Sfakianakis (OTE),

Vasiliki Palikira

(Ionian University), Nikoletta Liakostavrou (OTE),

Ioannis Kampourakis (OTE)

and

Anastasia S. Spiliopoulou

(OTE).

Στην εργασία εξετάζονται βασικά χαρακτηριστικά ορισμένων εφαρμογών ηλεκτρονικής επικοινωνίας μέσω της χρήσης βίντεο, με έμφαση στο χώρο του πολιτισμού, όπως αναπτύσσονται στο πλαίσιο του ευρωπαϊκού ερευνητικού προγράμματος “LiveCity”. Με στόχο την προώθηση σύγχρονων υπηρεσιών για την ενίσχυση της δια βίου μάθησης αλλά και του προσανατολισμού του κοινού σε συνδυασμένες εφαρμογές από τους τομείς της τεχνολογίας και του πολιτισμού για την υλοποίηση της κοινής ευρωπαϊκής πολιτικής για την αειφόρο ανάπτυξη, προτείνεται η σχεδίαση διαδραστικών εκπαιδευτικών παιγνίων τα οποία θα εξυπηρετήσουν τους επισκέπτες των διασυνδεδεμένων -στο πρόγραμμα LiveCity- μουσείων. Τα παίγνια βασίζονται σε ένα περιβάλλον «μεικτής πραγματικότητας» με στοιχεία τόσο από τον πραγματικό κόσμο όσο και από ένα εικονικό διαδικτυακό περιβάλλον αναφοράς. Παρατίθενται και αξιολογούνται ουσιώδεις θεωρήσεις που διέπουν την επικείμενη σχεδίαση εφαρμογών «διεισδυτικών» παιγνίων με τη χρήση επικοινωνίας μέσω βίντεο, ενώ αναπτύσσεται-αξιολογείται το νοηματικό υπόβαθρο για όλες τις συναφείς εφαρμογές. Τέλος, προτείνονται ενδεχόμενες θεματικές επεκτάσεις.

In the context of the present paper we examine several features of specific electronic communications applications established via the use of video-to-video (v2v) to support culture, as performed in the scope of the LiveCity EU-funded research program. Aiming to the development/adoption of modern digital services suitable for learning purposes as well as for the support of citizens’ orientation to a “museum”-born context for the promotion of their cultural, educational and entertainment interests, the LiveCity program develops several interactive games based upon a hybrid “mixed” reality framework with elements from both real and virtual world. We propose and discuss a variety of “pervasive” games to be realized via the combined use of v2v communication together with interactive multi-touch tables, established in the involved interconnected museums (“twinned locations”). We assess the underlying potential and we also propose contextual extensions of the related games.

 

2.

“Energy-Efficient E-Band Transceiver”

(«Ενεργειακά Αποδοτικός Πομποδέκτης Ε-Ζώνης»)

(Article in Greek).

Published by ENEPROT-Union of Hellenic Scientists for Standardization in the Proceedings of the 5th National Conference for Standardization, Prototypes and Quality”, February 21-22, 2014, Thessaloniki, Greece, pp.30-38.

ISBN: 978-960-9555-02-9.

 

Evangelia Georgiadou (OTE),

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE),

Mario-Giovanni Frecassetti

(Alcatel Lucent Italia SpA),

and

Evangelos Sfakianakis (OTE).

Στην παρούσα μελέτη παρουσιάζεται το ευρωπαϊκό ερευνητικό πρόγραμμα E3NETWORK, που ασχολείται με τη σχεδίαση ενός πομποδέκτη Ε-ζώνης για την οπισθοζευκτική (backhaul) υποδομή των δικτύων του μέλλοντος. Ο πομποδέκτης κάνει χρήση σύγχρονων μεθόδων ψηφιακής διαμόρφωσης για την επίτευξη υψηλής φασματικής απόδοσης, γεγονός που σε συνδυασμό με το μεγάλος εύρος ζώνης επιτρέπει χωρητικότητες μεγαλύτερες των 10Gbps. Το σύστημα αναμένεται να παρουσιάσει αυξημένη οικονομική και ενεργειακή απόδοση, ενδυναμώνοντας τη θέση της Ευρωπαϊκής Βιομηχανίας στο πεδίο της τεχνολογίας δικτυακών υποδομών. Διευκολύνει επίσης τη μετάβαση σε μικρότερους και πιο αποδοτικούς, ενεργειακά, σταθμούς βάσης, που είναι το «κλειδί» στις καινοτόμες δικτυακές τοπολογίες για την κάλυψη των νέων μορφών χρήσης των δικτυακών πόρων. Έμφαση δίνεται στα μοναδικά χαρακτηριστικά των συστημάτων της Ε-ζώνης και στις εφαρμογές τους. Επίσης αναλύονται σε βάθος τα υφιστάμενα πρότυπα που διέπουν τη λειτουργία τους, καθώς και οι διεθνείς και Ευρωπαϊκές πρακτικές τυποποίησης. Τέλος, παρατίθεται προτεινόμενη συμβολή των μέχρι σήμερα αποτελεσμάτων του έργου σε δράσεις τυποποίησης.

The current study presents the European research project “E3NETWORK”, which works on the design of an E-band transceiver for the backhaul infrastructure of future networks. The transceiver utilizes modern digital modulation schemes for achieving high spectral efficiency which, in combination with the increased available bandwidth, allows for capacities greater than 10Gbps. The system is expected to present high economic and energy efficiency, thus strengthening the position of European Industry in the field of network technology infrastructures. It will also facilitate transition to smaller and more “energy efficient” base stations, which are the “key” to novel network topologies allowing new ways for using network resources. Emphasis is given to the unique characteristics of E-band systems and their potential applications. Underlying standards defining their operation, as well as international and European standardization practices are thoroughly analyzed. Finally, some proposed contributions of the project’s latest results to standardization actions are quoted.

 

3.

“European Standardization Activities for the Development of Modern Technology Standards (Networks & Services) supporting e-Communications”

(«Ευρωπαϊκές Δράσεις Τυποποίησης για την Ανάπτυξη Σύγχρονων Προτύπων Τεχνολογικών (Δικτύων και Υπηρεσιών) Ηλεκτρονικής Επικοινωνίας»)

(Article in Greek).

Published by ENEPROT-Union of Hellenic Scientists for Standardization in the Proceedings of the 5th National Conference for Standardization, Prototypes and Quality”, February 21-22, 2014, Thessaloniki, Greece, pp.17-29.

ISBN: 978-960-9555-02-9.

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE),

and

Anastasia S. Spiliopoulou

(OTE).

Οι τεχνολογίες επικοινωνιών και πληροφορικής (ΤΠΕ) αποτελούν βασικά εργαλεία για την ανάπτυξη αλλά και το μετασχηματισμό της σύγχρονης οικονομίας και της κοινωνίας, μέσω της διάθεσης πολλαπλών οφελών και  καινοτομίας. Για την επίτευξη, εντούτοις, ενός τέτοιου στόχου που λαμβάνει χώρα σε ένα περιβάλλον ευρύτερης σύγκλισης, οι ΤΠΕ χρειάζεται να υιοθετήσουν συγκεκριμένους κανόνες και διαδικασίες για τη σχεδίαση, ανάπτυξη, διαμόρφωση και τελικά για τη διάθεση-προσφορά δικτύων, εφαρμογών και συναφών «προϊόντων», όπως υπαγορεύεται από τις δράσεις της σύγχρονης τυποποίησης, η οποία αναγνωρίζεται ως μοχλός ανάπτυξης και παραγωγικότητας. Στο πλαίσιο αυτό, η παρούσα εργασία αναγνωρίζει και αξιολογεί την τρέχουσα πολιτική της συντονισμένης ευρωπαϊκής τυποποίησης στον τομέα των ΤΠΕ η οποία, μέχρι σήμερα, ήταν αρκετά επιτυχής και αποτέλεσε μία από τις βασικές κινητήριες δυνάμεις για τη δημιουργία της εσωτερικής αγοράς εμπορευμάτων. Εντούτοις, καθώς οι νέες τεχνολογικές εξελίξεις θέτουν νέες απαιτήσεις σε παγκόσμια πλέον κλίμακα, η εργασία αναγνωρίζει και οριοθετεί τις συναφείς προκλήσεις, στρατηγικούς στόχους όπως και προοπτικές περαιτέρω εξέλιξης από την επικείμενη ανάπτυξη νέων προτύπων.

 

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) offer a great variety of benefits to the modern Internet-based societies and they constitute essential “tools” for the fast development of our economy. In order to realize their expected fundamental support so that to achieve progress and growth within a broader scope of “convergence”, ICTs have to be conformant to specific processes and/or methodologies, as the latter are implied by the modern standardization concept, affecting the provision of networks and/or services-facilities and or devices-equipment. The present paper discusses and evaluates the current and coordinated European standardization policy framework that was beneficial for the advance internal European market sector. However, as modern and innovative technological solutions impose new requirements under a global perspective, the paper identifies the related (strategic) challenges and discusses opportunities for further growth.

4.

“Modern Ways of Video-to-Video Communications: The Approach by the LiveCity European Research Program”

(«Σύγχρονες Μορφές Επικοινωνίας Βίντεο-προς-Βίντεο: Η Προσέγγιση κατά το Ευρωπαϊκό Ερευνητικό Πρόγραμμα LiveCity»)

(Article in Greek).

Published by ENEPROT-Union of Hellenic Scientists for Standardization in the Proceedings of the 5th National Conference for Standardization, Prototypes and Quality”, February 21-22, 2014, Thessaloniki, Greece, pp.74-86.

ISBN: 978-960-9555-02-9.

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE),

and

Anastasia S. Spiliopoulou

(OTE).

Tο ευρωπαϊκό ερευνητικό πρόγραμμα LiveCity αποτελεί μέρος της τρέχουσας κοινοτικής πολιτικής για την ανάπτυξη καινοτομιών «ανοικτού» χαρακτήρα με στόχο τη διάθεση, στους πολίτες, εφαρμογών και υπηρεσιών που βασίζονται στο Διαδίκτυο του Μέλλοντος και που τελικά θα δημιουργήσουν τις σύγχρονες «έξυπνες» πόλεις. Το LiveCity αποσκοπεί στην ανάπτυξη -μέσω επιλεγμένων πιλοτικών συστημάτων-σεναρίων που ανταποκρίνονται σε σύγχρονες τεχνολογικές, κοινωνικές, εμπορικές και άλλες προκλήσεις- κατάλληλων εφαρμογών επικοινωνίας με τη χρήση ζωντανού βίντεο υψηλής ποιότητας πάνω από το Διαδίκτυο πληρώντας τις απαιτήσεις της ευρυζωνικότητας, έτσι ώστε η επικοινωνία να καθίσταται αμεσότερη, παραγωγικότερη και σαφώς αποτελεσματικότερη. Το πρόγραμμα εστιάζει σε επιλεγμένα σενάρια χρήσης με έμφαση σε στοχευμένες εφαρμογές στον τομέα της εκπαίδευσης (eEducation services), της υγείας (Emergency και eHealth services), της πολιτιστικής ενημέρωσης (city experiences) και της εξυπηρέτησης του πολίτη από την τοπική αυτοδιοίκηση, με πολλαπλά άμεσα αλλά και έμμεσα οφέλη για τους συμμετέχοντες (φυσικά και νομικά πρόσωπα).

The paper focuses around the “multi-dimensional” thematic scope of the “LiveCity” research program, funded by the European Commission. LiveCity is an active part of the European strategic effort for the promotion and the development of innovative solutions, intended to be offered to the citizens for their inclusion in a digitally-based society and for the creation of “smart cities”. The program supports the inclusion of modern interactive video-to-video (v2v) communications in a great variety of selected use-cases that, in turn, can lead to the deployment of effective pilot actions offering technological, business and social benefits to the involved players. Video communications can extend and improve, significantly, both the profile and context of modern Internet-based communications. The program examines applications relevant to the provision of eEducation services, Emergency and eHealth services, support of city experiences and municipal services.

 

Paper presented in the EuCNC-2014 International Conference /

Bologna, Italy, June 23-26, 2014

Paper No.

Paper title

Authors

Paper abstract

1.

“E-health Applications for Smart Cities Infrastructures based on Live Video-to-Video Solutions”.

Published in the Proceedings of the EuCNC-2014 Conference, June 23-26, 2014, Bologna, Italy.

 

Panagiotis Diamantopoulos

(UoA),

Nikolaos Bompetsis (UoA),

Eleni Patouni

(UoA),

Nancy Alonistioti

(UoA),

Luís Cordeiro (OneSource),

João Gonçalves (OneSource),

Ioannis Chochliouros (OTE)

and

George Lyberopoulos (COSMOTE).

The vast medical advances allow to effectively address numerous medical conditions, which are not always successfully confronted; this is due to the remote patient location or the delay between the medical treatment and the actual incident. The Smart Cities vision can provide an effective solution, complementing physical infrastructure by the availability of intellectual and social capital, and thereby increasing both urban competitiveness and quality of life. However, significant challenges with respect to QoS/QoE guarantees need to be resolved before such a paradigm shift. This work introduces a platform based on video-to-video (v2V) communication links among high-speed fixed and wireless networks; the goal is to support high-bandwidth video calls between hospital and patients/emergency personnel. Two use cases have been considered. The first one aims at remote telemonitoring of patients, while the second one uses the v2v platform for communication between ambulances and hospitals in rush hour. The performance evaluation of the platform and developed applications has been realized, focusing on: a) the bandwidth and CPU consumption of the applications when streaming Full HD (High Definition) video in a fixed network, and b) the video degradation when using different bit rates over 3G. The results proved the applicability of the v2v   technology, which is expected to trigger disruptive innovation in the e-health domain, laying the foundation for the Smart Cities of the future.

 

Paper presented in the 20th American Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS-2014) Event

Savannah, Georgia, USA, August 07-09, 2014

Paper title

Authors

Paper abstract

“Indicators for Measuring the Success of Video Usage in Public Services: The Case of Education”.

Published by AIS eLibrary in the Proceedings of the American Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS-2014), held at Savannah, Georgia, USA, August 07-09, 2014.

 

(More information about the conference can be found at:

http://aisel.aisnet.org/amcis2014/).

AMCIS 2014

ISBN Number: 978-0-692-25320-5

 

 

Andreea Molnar (Arizona State  University),

Vishanth Weerakkody (Brunel University),

and

Ramzi El-Haddadeh (Brunel University).

 

 

Papers presented in the AIAI-2014 Conference / (LiveCity) IIVC-2014 Workshop

Island of Rhodes, Greece, September 19 - 21, 2014

Paper No.

Paper title

Authors

Paper abstract

1.

Modern Video-to-Video Communications to Enhance Citizens’ Quality of Life and Create Opportunities for Growth in “Smart” European Cities”.

Published by Springer Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2014) – 10th IFIP WG 12.5 International Conference, held at Rhodes, Greece, September 19-21, 2014.

L. Iliadis, I. Maglogiannis and H. Papadopoulos (Eds).

AIAI-2014, IFIP AICT (Advances in Information and Communication Technology) 437, pp.1-12.

ISBN:    978-3-662-44721-5

e-ISBN: : 978-3-662-44722-2

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-44722-2

ISSN:     1868-4238

e-ISSN:  1868-422x

 

Ioannis   Chochliouros (OTE),

Anastasia S. Spiliopoulou

(OTE),

Ioannis M. Stephanakis (OTE),     Evangelos Sfakianakis (OTE),

Evangelia Georgiadou (OTE),

Maria Belesioti

(OTE),

Luís Cordeiro (OneSource)

and

João Gonçalves (OneSource).

The LiveCity Project effort structures a city-based “Living-Lab” and associated ecosystem to “pilot” and test live interactive high-definition video-to-video (v2v) on ultrafast wireless and wireline Internet infrastructure for the support of suitably selected public service use cases also involving a number of city user communities in five major European cities (Athens, Dublin, Luxembourg (city), Valladolid and Greifswald). The “core” target is to allow the citizens of a city to interact with each other in a more productive, efficient and socially useful way by using v2v over the Internet in a variety of distinct use cases that discussed and analysed, in detail, in the present work.

 

2.

Optimal Video Delivery in Mobile Networks Using A Cache-Accelerated Multi Area eMBMS Architecture”.

Published by Springer Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2014) – 10th IFIP WG 12.5 International Conference, held at Rhodes, Greece, September 19-21, 2014.

L. Iliadis, I. Maglogiannis and H. Papadopoulos (Eds).

AIAI-2014, IFIP AICT (Advances in Information and Communication Technology) 437, pp.13-23.

ISBN:    978-3-662-44721-5

e-ISBN: : 978-3-662-44722-2

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-44722-2

ISSN:     1868-4238

e-ISSN:  1868-422x

 

Ioannis M. Stephanakis (OTE),

Ioannis Chochliouros (OTE),

George Lyberopoulos (COSMOTE),

and

Kostas Berberidis (University of Patras).

Long-Term Evolution (LTE) evolved into enhanced Multimedia Broadcast / Multicast Service (eMBMS) that features improved performance,, higher and more flexible LTE bit rates, Single Frequency Network (SFN) operations and carrier configuration flexibility. Multiple eMBMS service areas allow for efficient spectrum utilization in the context of mobile Content-Delivery-Networks (CDNs) as well as for delivering broadcast and push media over modern broadband networks. This paper intends to highlight novel service architectures for efficient content delivery. Content caching is a widely used technique in the networking industry that brings content closer to end-users improving, thus, service performance and latency. Next generation wireless networks use edge located cache as well as core located cache in order to reduce traffic between the gateway and the internet and make the response of mobile network faster. This is referred to as hierarchical/distributed caching. Dimensioning of individual scenario-based traffic models for health care, museum virtual tours and interactive educational use cases in the context of the LiveCity European Research Project is attempted in this work. ON/OFF source models featuring state dependent active and inactive periods are used in order to describe multi-threaded resource transmissions. A group of chain ON/OFF models holds the parameters of the basic services and defines cache requirements. An architecture that associates distributed cache deployed at eMBMS Gateways per service area is proposed in order to reduce backhaul traffic. A simple algorithm that determines the optimal cache size in a mixture of chain ON/OFF modeled services is presented.

 

3.

Video-to-Video E-Health Applications Supporting Medical Use Cases for Remote Patients”.

Published by Springer Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2014) – 10th IFIP WG 12.5 International Conference, held at Rhodes, Greece, September 19-21, 2014.

L. Iliadis, I. Maglogiannis and H. Papadopoulos (Eds).

AIAI-2014, IFIP AICT (Advances in Information and Communication Technology) 437, pp.24-29.

ISBN:    978-3-662-44721-5

e-ISBN: : 978-3-662-44722-2

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-44722-2

ISSN:     1868-4238

e-ISSN:  1868-422x

 

Panagiotis Diamantopoulos

(UoA),

Eleni Patouni

(UoA),

Nikolaos Bompetsis (UoA),

Nancy Alonistioti

(UoA),

João Gonçalves (OneSource),

Luís Cordeiro (OneSource),

Ioannis Chochliouros (OTE)

and

George Lyberopoulos (COSMOTE).

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) relevant to health and healthcare systems can rise their effectiveness, expand quality of life and “reveal” innovation and novelty in modern health-related markets, thus implicating options for further growth. The broadly used term “e-Health” regularly implicates the use of ICT in health products, services to improve health of citizens, efficiency and productivity in healthcare delivery, and the economic and social value of health, in general. In this end, the LiveCity Project aims at empowering the citizens of a city to interact with each other in a more productive, efficient and socially useful way, by using high quality video-to-video (v2v) over the Internet. In this work, the LiveCity platform for e-Health is presented, along with two use cases for remote patients’ telemonitoring and emergency cases.

4.

“The Potential of Telemedicine”.

Published by Springer Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2014) – 10th IFIP WG 12.5 International Conference, held at Rhodes, Greece, September 19-21, 2014.

L. Iliadis, I. Maglogiannis and H. Papadopoulos (Eds).

AIAI-2014, IFIP AICT (Advances in Information and Communication Technology) 437, pp.30-37.

ISBN:    978-3-662-44721-5

e-ISBN: : 978-3-662-44722-2

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-44722-2

ISSN:     1868-4238

e-ISSN:  1868-422x

 

Bibiana Metelmann (EMAUG),

Camilla Metelmann (EMAUG),

Konrad Meissner (EMAUG),

Michael Wendt (EMAUG),

João Gonçalves (OneSource),

Peadar Gilligan

(RCSI),

Ahjoku Amadi-Obi (RCSI),

Donal Morris

(RedZinc),

Eleni Patouni

(UoA)

and

Martin von der                 Heyden

(EMAUG).

Telemedicine as a communication technology to overcome geographical distances can increase the quality of medicine. The prerequisite for telemedicine is that two persons or groups of persons are connected with each other. Often this connection is built beforehand during a face-to-face-meeting when both partners apportion the communication devices. If an emergency patient is not already part of a telemedicine project, the connection has to be newly created and the device to build the connection has to be brought to the patient. In the EU-funded LiveCity-Project the hypothesis was evaluated, that in emergency situations a telemedicine connection between a patient and a remote medical doctor can be accomplished by a device brought to the patient by paramedics. It was to be established if communication with a head mounted video-camera coupled with a LTE internet connection was feasible for this purpose.

5.

“Software-Defined Networking: Guidelines for Experimentation and Validation in Large-Scale Real World Scenarios”.

Published by Springer Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2014) – 10th IFIP WG 12.5 International Conference, held at Rhodes, Greece, September 19-21, 2014.

L. Iliadis, I. Maglogiannis and H. Papadopoulos (Eds).

AIAI-2014, IFIP AICT (Advances in Information and Communication Technology) 437, pp.38-47.

ISBN:    978-3-662-44721-5

e-ISBN: : 978-3-662-44722-2

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-44722-2

ISSN:     1868-4238

e-ISSN:  1868-422x

 

João Gonçalves (OneSource),

David Palma

(OneSource),

Luís Cordeiro (OneSource),

Shachin Sharma

(Ghent University - iMinds),

Didier Colle

(Ghent University - iMinds)

and

Adam Carter

(Univ. of Edinburgh).

This article thoroughly details large-scale real world experiments using Software-Defined Networking in the testbed setup. More precisely, it provides a description of the foundation technology behind these experiments, which in turn is focused around OpenFlow and on the OFELIA testbed. In this testbed preliminary experiments were performed in order to tune up settings and procedures, analysing the encountered problems and their respective solutions. A methodology consisting of five large-scale experiments is proposed in order to properly validate and improve the evaluation techniques used in OpenFlow scenarios.

6.

Remote Video-to-Video Eye Telemonitoring Use Case for Glaucoma Patients”.

Published by Springer Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2014) – 10th IFIP WG 12.5 International Conference, held at Rhodes, Greece, September 19-21, 2014.

L. Iliadis, I. Maglogiannis and H. Papadopoulos (Eds).

AIAI-2014, IFIP AICT (Advances in Information and Communication Technology) 437, pp.48-55.

ISBN:    978-3-662-44721-5

e-ISBN: : 978-3-662-44722-2

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-44722-2

ISSN:     1868-4238

e-ISSN:  1868-422x

 

Dimitrios Alonistiotis

(UoA-Attikon Hospital),

Evgenia Kontou

(UoA-Attikon Hospital),

Nikolaos Karachalios (UoA-Attikon Hospital),

Eleni Patouni

(UoA),

Panagiotis Diamantopoulos

(UoA),

Nikolaos Bompetsis (UoA),

Nancy Alonistioti

(UoA)

and

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE).

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness globally and the second most common cause of avoidable visual impairment. It also holds a record in noncompliance to therapy from the patients in up to 50% of the subjects treated with anti-glaucoma eye drops. LiveCity e-Health is a European research program, which aims to provide better treatment and follow up of glaucoma patients at their home, through telemonitoring with high definition video-to-video (v2v) communication from the University Hospital. Secondly, it aims to reduce the cost of health and improve the city environment by decreasing the number of visits to the Hospital. For this purpose, a software application has been developed; the latter is easy to use for elderly people at home, and capable of keeping the medical history and digital records of every patient in the Glaucoma Department. In addition, a specific web camera with snapshot ability of high quality photo of the eye has utilised. Two patients have been initially enrolled in the study and the preliminary results are so presented.

7.

“ICT in the Future Classrooms and Teaching: Preparing the Knowledge Workers of the 21st Century”.

Published by Springer Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2014) – 10th IFIP WG 12.5 International Conference, held at Rhodes, Greece, September 19-21, 2014.

L. Iliadis, I. Maglogiannis and H. Papadopoulos (Eds).

AIAI-2014, IFIP AICT (Advances in Information and Communication Technology) 437, pp.56-62.

ISBN:    978-3-662-44721-5

e-ISBN: : 978-3-662-44722-2

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-44722-2

ISSN:     1868-4238

e-ISSN:  1868-422x

 

Dimitrios Charalambidis

(“Saint-Joseph”, Hellenic-French School).

A knowledge worker is a person that adds value to an organization by processing existing information to create new information and knowledge that could be used to define and solve problems. The future classroom is the cradle (for students) and the action field (for teachers) of a knowledge worker. It incarnates the vision for learning and teaching with the use of Information, Communications and Technology tools (ICT) in order to provide to the students significant 21st century skills such as personal and social responsibility, critical thinking, digital competence, as well as collaboration and communication abilities. From the teacher’s point of view it demands understanding and creative use of ICT tools, organizational and administrative competences, use of up-to-date teaching scenarios, intuitive assessment methods and most of all a “lead and teach by example” attitude. Building the future classroom is all about delivering competent and effective people to the society, people that will be the key stakeholders in a world that seeks innovation and creativity in order to keep going socially, scientifically, economically, etc. In this paper we will provide insights about the reasons why a future classroom teacher should afford 21st century skills to his students and continuous professional development to himself.

8.

“Promoting ICT Skills through Online Services: Case Study of Video use for Adult Education in Municipalities”.

Published by Springer Heidelberg in the Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI-2014) – 10th IFIP WG 12.5 International Conference, held at Rhodes, Greece, September 19-21, 2014.

L. Iliadis, I. Maglogiannis and H. Papadopoulos (Eds).

AIAI-2014, IFIP AICT (Advances in Information and Communication Technology) 437, pp.63-72.

ISBN:    978-3-662-44721-5

e-ISBN: : 978-3-662-44722-2

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-44722-2

ISSN:     1868-4238

e-ISSN:  1868-422x

 

Andreea Molnar (Arizona State University),

Vishanth Weerakkody (Brunel)

and

Ahlam Almuwil (Brunel).

The usage of video communication in public services can alleviate some of the existing problems these services face in their adoption and also help in increasing the level of outreach to citizens. In this article we focus on the usage of video-to-video (V2V) communication in municipality services for ICT education of senior citizens. For this purpose, our study focuses on determining criteria that are important for both the teachers and citizens in using such an innovative service. This paper reports on the findings from focus group consultations conducted with teachers and students, in this case senior citizens, of a municipality in Spain who was piloting the use of V2V services for adult education. The research identified several criteria relevant for consideration when deploying V2V as part of a local government service portfolio, of which, trust, quality of service and convenience emerged as common for all stakeholders involved.

 

 

 

Papers presented in the Annual National German VDE Congress /

Frankfurt am Main, Messe, Germany, October 20-21, 2014

Paper No.

Paper title

Authors

Paper abstract

1.

“Videoübertragung in Echtzeit zur Verbesserung der Notfallmedizin”

("Live Video Connection to improve emergency medicine”).

(Article in German).

Proceedings of the VDE-Kongress 2014, Smart Cities: Intelligente Lösungen für das Leben in der Zukunft held at Frankfurt am Main, Germany, October 20-21, 2014. Published by VDE Verlag GmbH, Berlin, Offenbach, pp.497-502.

[ISBN: 978-3-8007-3641-6].

 

Bibiana Metelmann (EMAUG),

Camilla Metelmann (EMAUG),

Donal Morris

(RedZinc),

Luis Cordeiro

(OneSource),

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE),

Konrad Meissner

(EMAUG)

and

Michael Wendt

(EMAUG).

Mit Hilfe einer live Video- Übertragung vom Unfall- oder Notfallort zu einem Notarzt in einer zentralen Leitstelle lässt sich die schnelle medizinische Versorgung von Unfallpatienten und Notfällen vor Ort verbessern. Im Rahmen des LiveCity-Projektes wird eine solche Video-Konsultation in einem Simulationslabor mit einem zweiarmigen experimentellen Vergleich in einem cross-over design untersucht. Dafür wurde eigens eine Videokamera mit entsprechender Hard- und Software entwickelt.

The fast medical treatment of accident and emergency patients can be improved with aid of a live video transmission from the accident or emergency site to an emergency doctor in a central office. Within the LiveCity project such a video consultation was studied in a medical simulation centre with a two arm experimental trial with cross-over design. For this a video camera with special hard- and software was developed.

2.

“Potenziale der Telemedizin bei Patienten in der Häuslichkeit”.

("Potentialities of telemedicine for patients at home").

(Article in German).

Proceedings of the VDE-Kongress 2014, Smart Cities: Intelligente Lösungen für das Leben in der Zukunft held at Frankfurt am Main, Germany, October 20-21, 2014. Published by VDE Verlag GmbH, Berlin, Offenbach, pp.92-97.

[ISBN: 978-3-8007-3641-6].

Bibiana Metelmann (EMAUG),

Camilla Metelmann (EMAUG),

Donal Morris

(RedZinc),

Luis Cordeiro

(OneSource),

Ioannis P. Chochliouros (OTE),

Konrad Meissner

(EMAUG)

and

Michael Wendt

(EMAUG).

Telemedizin ist ein wichtiges Zukunftsthema. Die Kommunikation in der Telemedizin kann dabei nicht nur auf horizontaler Ebene, beispielsweise zwischen zwei Ärzten in verschiedenen Krankenhäusern, stattfinden, sondern auch auf vertikaler Ebene, zum Beispiel zwischen Arzt und Patient in der Häuslichkeit. Eines der Ziele der Telemedizin ist dabei, den Patienten möglichst lange in seiner gewohnten Umgebung zu lassen und eine Krankenhauseinweisung zu vermeiden. Um Telemedizin zu ermöglichen, muss der Patient mit speziellen Devices für die Häuslichkeit, die die Verbindung herstellen, ausgestattet werden. Bei Notfällen muss dieses Device erst zum Patienten gebracht werden. Dies lässt sich wie beispielsweise im LiveCity-Projekt dadurch realisieren, dass das alarmierte Rettungsfachpersonal dieses Device mitbringt.

 

Telemedicine is an important future topic. The communication in telemedicine can be both: horizontal, e.g. between two medical doctors in different hospitals, and also vertical, e.g. between medical doctor and patient at home. One goal of telemedicine is to leave a patient im his familiar surroundings as long as possible and to reduce hospital admission. To enable telemedicine, the patient has to be equipped at his home with a special device, which can build the telemedicine connection. In emergency situations this device has to be brought to the patient. This could be achieved, as in the LiveCity project, if the alerted paramedics bring this device.

 

 

 

 

Papers presented in Journals

Paper No.

Paper title

Authors

Paper abstract

1.

“A research proposition for using high definition video in emergency medical services”.

In

Health Policy and Technology

(September 2013)

Volume 2 , Issue 3

pp.131-138

 

DOI:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hlpt .2013.04.001

 

Vishanth Weerakkody (Brunel University),

Andreea Molnar (Brunel University),

Zahir Irani

(Brunel University),

and

Ramzi El-Haddadeh (Brunel University).

In emergency situations, communication between the ambulance crew and an emergency department in the hospital can be crucial in determining the best decision for a patient's health. Currently, when an ambulance crew reports at an emergency, paramedics use voice communication from scene of emergency to the hospital. In critical life threatening situations, use of high quality visual images and live video streaming can allow paramedics on the scene of an emergency to take better informed decisions by liaising with expert consultants in the hospital emergency department. This paper proposes the relay of high definition video between the ambulance crew and the hospital using public Internet infrastructure through utilizing a virtual path slice controller. The paper also proposes a set of criteria for evaluating the use of video in emergency scenarios taking into account technical, user, application and process requirements together with an overview of the benefits, risks and ethical issues

2.

“Telemedicine in pre-Hospital Care: A Review of Telemedicine Applications in the pre-Hospital Environment”.

 

In

International Journal of Emergency Medicine

(Volume 7, Issue 1, 2014).

DOI:

10.1186/s12245-014-0029-0

Ahjoku Amadi-Obi (Beaumont Hospital-RCSI),

Peadar Gilligan

(RCSI),

Niall Owens

(RCSI),

and

Cathal O’Donnell

(HSE).

The right person in the right place and at the right time is not always possible; telemedicine offers the potential to give audio and visual access to the appropriate clinician for patients. Advances in information and communication technology (ICT) in the area of video-to-video communication have led to growth in telemedicine applications in recent years. For these advances to be properly integrated into healthcare delivery, a regulatory framework, supported by definitive high-quality research, should be developed. Telemedicine is well suited to extending the reach of specialist services particularly in the pre-hospital care of acute emergencies where treatment delays may affect clinical outcome. The exponential growth in research and development in telemedicine has led to improvements in clinical outcomes in emergency medical care. This review is part of the LiveCity project to examine the history and existing applications of telemedicine in the pre-hospital environment. A search of electronic databases including Medline, Excerpta Medica Database (EMBASE), Cochrane, and Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) for relevant papers was performed. All studies addressing the use of telemedicine in emergency medical or pre-hospital care setting were included. Out of a total of 1,279 articles reviewed, 39 met the inclusion criteria and were critically analysed. A majority of the studies were on stroke management. The studies suggested that overall, telemedicine had a positive impact on emergency medical care. It improved the pre-hospital diagnosis of stroke and myocardial infarction and enhanced the supervision of delivery of tissue thromboplasminogen activator in acute ischaemic stroke. Telemedicine presents an opportunity to enhance patient management. There are as yet few definitive studies that have demonstrated whether it had an effect on clinical outcome.

3.

“LiveCity: The Impact of Video Communication on Emergency Medicine”.

 

In

International Journal of Electronic Government Research

(Volume 10, Issue 3, 2014 Copyright@2014, 19 pages).

DOI:

10.4018/ijegr.2014070104

Camilla Metelmann (EMAUG),

Bibiana Metelmann (EMAUG),

Michael Wendt (EMAUG),

Konrad   Meissner (EMAUG)

and

Martin von der Heyden (EMAUG).
The goal of emergency medicine is to treat time-critical diseases and conditions to reduce morbidity and mortality. The improvement of emergency medicine is an important topic for governments worldwide. A common problem is the inevitable lack of support by emergency doctors, when paramedics need their assistance at the emergency site but are without an emergency doctor. Video-communication in real time from the emergency site to an emergency doctor, offers an opportunity to enhance the quality of emergency medicine. The core piece of this study is a video camera system called “LiveCity camera”, enabling real-time high quality video connection of paramedics and emergency doctors. The impact of video communication on emergency medicine is clearly appreciated among providers, based upon the extent of agreement that has been stated in this study´s questionnaire by doctors and paramedics. This study is part of the FP7-European Union funded research project “LiveCity” (Grant Agreement No. 297291).

 

 

Book Chapters

Book chapter No.

Book chapter title

Authors

Book Chapter abstract

1.

Examining the Impact of Utilizing Video to Video Technology for Delivering Public Sector Services.

Book Preface,

included in the book

“E-Government Services Design, Adoption, and Evaluation”, edited by Dr. Vishanth Weerakkody.

 

The book has been published by IGI Global, on November 30, 2012.

 

Print ISBN: 978-1-4666-2458-0;

Web ISBN: 978-1-4666-2459-7.

 

 

Vishanth Weerakkody (Brunel University),

Ramzi El-Haddadeh (Brunel University).

and

Andreea Molnar (Brunel University).

With the widespread knowledge and use of e-government, the intent and evaluation of e-government services continues to focus on meeting the needs and satisfaction of its citizens.

E-Government Services Design, Adoption, and Evaluation is a comprehensive collection of research on assessment and implementation of electronic/digital government technologies in organizations.

The book “E-Government Services Design, Adoption, and Evaluation” edited by Dr. V. Weerakkody, aims to supply academics, practitioners and professionals with the understanding of e-government and its applications and impact on organizations around the world.

The preface of the book has been based upon the original LiveCity context.