Intelligent Area Communication and Information System


IACIS - 2512

Keywords optical communications networks, integrated service LANs (ISLNs), network information services, seaport communication systems


Start Date: 10-APR-89 / Duration: 42 months

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Objectives and Approach

The project aimed to provide a system to meet the communication and information needs of "intelligent areas" supporting large information-based organisations (eg business or commercial centres, ports, airports, etc). These areas have shown urgent needs for a total solution particularly oriented to cost savings in system installation and maintenance and capable of ensuring the straightforward interworking of heterogeneous user subsystems.

The key objectives of IACIS were the definition, design, development and testing, both in the laboratory and in the real environment, of a system capable of solving the problems of this emerging field of information technology application. The innovative solutions proposed in the project 169, LION (Local Integrated Optical Network) were considered and upgraded. The goal of developing demonstrators representative of real user requirements dictated a need to select very complex environments, such as seaport areas (ie Genova, Barcelona, Le Havre and Lisboa) and large events (ie the Olympic Games), as these complex domains will facilitate the assessment of the system as a whole.

International standards were adopted, such as ISO/OSI for data communication protocols, CCITT for signalling protocols, IEEE for management protocols, X.400 for Message Handling System (MHS), and Office Document Architecture (ODA) and Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport (EDIFACT) for document architecture and message exchange.

Integrated service LANs (ISLNs) represent the newest generation of local area networks for attaining service integration in the enterprise of the future. In this field the state of the art is represented by laboratory prototypes of fibre-optic distributed networks working at speeds of around 100 Mbit/s (eg LION, Metrocore). These systems are capable of supporting a wide range of information services (message-handling systems, file transfer, electronic data interchange, network management, database tools, etc), at present in a standardisation or experimentation phase, and are required by applications aimed at large organisations.

The project delivered the following main results:

Exploitation

The industrialisation actions planned include: development on an industrial basis of the network infrastructure and of network and application information services; commitment to the use of the entire system by the seaport companies involved; and efforts towards international standardisation bodies in the fields of communication subsystems and information and support services.


CONTACT POINT

Mr Jose L. Guzman Carballo
TELEFONICA DE ESPAÑA SA
Gran via de los Cortes
Catalanes 604.3r, 1a.
E - 08007 BARCELONA
tel: + 34/ 3 317 1540
fax: + 34/ 3 318 9591

Participants

TELEFONICA DE ESPAÑA SA - E - C
BULL SA - F - P
INESC - P - P
SYD - F - P
TECNO T&G - E - P
SYNERGIA SPA - I - P
CSELT - I - P
BULL ITALIA SPA - I - A
SEGET - E - A
STOLLMANN GMBH - D - A
OSITEL SA - F - A
LGMI - F - A


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IACIS - 2512, December 1993


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