(MultiMedial Ubiquitous Services for Technological Innovation and Telematics)

Coordinator: Ing. Kussai Shahin
WP5 Coordinator: Ing. Andrea Conti

Project duration: 2004-2006

Partners: Aster, Cineca, CNIT - National Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications, CNR - National Research Council, Digicittà, University of Bologna, Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute

The SUMMIT project involves the realization of research activities in the multimedia field and pursues the objective of developing a platform of "enabling technologies" (including hardware, networks and software), capable of allowing the implementation of multimedia applications in very different fields. (such as health, commerce, research and public administration) in times and at competitive costs. Furthermore, to demonstrate the potential of these technologies, three significant applications with significant value have been developed at the level of pre-competitive prototypes.

Among these, the CNIT UdR of Bologna coordinates the activities of design and implementation of the demonstrator related to the work-package 5 "Integrated platform and cooperative for the highly interactive intervention of laboratories distributed in the territoro, for the development, design and testing of products "in which CNIT (UdR BO, FE, PR), CNR, CINECA, Digicittà and ASTER participate.

The purpose of this activity is the cooperation between resources distributed in a network of RER laboratories, meaning the most general meaning possible for the term resource (instruments, devices, archives and multimedia material) to provide the user, in a transparent way and thanks to appropriate communication technologies, experiences increased compared to those possible with the resources available locally.

Thanks to the experience gained in previous projects (Multimediality, Teledoc2, VICOM) funded by CNR and MIUR,
and to the evolutions introduced with the SUMMIT project a platform was created for laboratories in the network able to:

  • configuring tools distributed over a heterogeneous network (in SUMMIT, user-friendly graphical interfaces were developed using Java, which, compared to proprietary solutions on the market, increase the portability of both the operating system and the type of terminal: PC, notebook, PDA, mobile phone ...)
  • configure connections (connection matrix) and programmable circuits based on DSP and FPGA (extension of the classic telemetry concept that was intended only as a configuration of instruments)
  • book web resources (multi-user management scheduling system)
  • to cooperate among distributed resources, in a transparent way for the user

3D laboratory user interface with remote instrument control