Supporting Ubiquitous IMS-based Teleconferencing Through Discovery and Composition of IMS and Web Components
Journal of Network and Systems Management
New York, NY, USA
pervasive computing, ubiquitous computing, IMS, service composition, multimedia
Natural communication among people happens in flexible ways and is strongly affected by the users’ situation (such as communication tools available, user’s location, and user’s preferences). This situation or context information is seldom used to initiate communication sessions among users. Current communication systems are indifferent about users’ context, often require time consuming manual configurations and often result in conferencing tools not being easily accessible when needed. This leads to lower adoption of innovative communications services. IMS SIP sessions allow users to access the session from different points of contact (home, office, etc.), however, IMS still requires a prior knowledge of all SIP components that might be used in a SIP session. Furthermore, IMS makes limited use of context information (mainly user-defined availability). To address these issues our research approach combines techniques from pervasive computing with IMS networking principles to facilitate compositions of communication sessions based on users’ context. We propose a platform and APIs for pervasive application development support to allow greater intelligence in IMS applications. We additionally provide mechanisms for IMS applications to apply their intelligence to the configuration of physical devices and web resources used to set up a conference. The innovations proposed in this paper are: 1.A new standard for intelligent IMS-based conferencing applications. 2.Application Development Interfaces (APIs) for a platform for pervasive computing. 3.An architecture for a pervasive IMS platform.