Multimedia Toolbox for Cooperative Applications


MMTCA - 6310

Keywords multimedia system development tools, multiuser interfaces, multimedia user interfaces, computer-supported cooperative work


Start Date: 01-APR-92 / Duration: 24 months

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Objectives and Approach

The objective of the MMTCA project is to design and build a toolbox for the development of cooperative applications with special attention to the requirements of multimedia applications. MMTCA will allow users to employ any existing Microsoft Windows application cooperatively - no specialised editors will be imposed to users in order to work cooperatively.

The project will deliver:

MMTCA will cater for both synchronous and asynchronous cooperation.

Synchronous cooperation is understood to be the ability of two or more users to see at the same time the same view on their screens and work with the same applications on the same data. Users will be allowed to take turns in interacting with the shared applications. In addition, MMTCA will cater for asynchronous cooperation (workflow), ie the ability of two or more users to work cooperatively at different times by exchanging files under MMTCA's supervision and management. Furthermore, MMTCA will allow users to employ specialised applications manipulating audio and video information, such as video conferencing systems.

MMTCA is designed specifically for the modern office environment where all offices are equipped with MS Windows-capable personal computers, interconnected through local area networks. The organisation's data reside in databases accessible throughout the whole network using standard interfaces. MMTCA supports all de facto and emerging industry standards such as Windows Sockets, TCP/IP, ODBC, SQL, etc.

Progress and Results

The user requirements of a bank, a shipping company and the CAD unit of a large industrial manufacturer were combined to produce the requirements for the system. A prototype of the system was built to validate the project's technical approach (ie server-based workflow, support for the "What You See Is What I See" principle by exchanging user-generated events instead of bitmaps, etc). There are three successive versions of the MMTCA system scheduled. Each one of these is tested by the project's user organisations, which produce a corresponding version of user applications. At the same time users produce comments, which drive the development of the following version of MMTCA.

Exploitation

MMTCA is targeted on a range of environments of particular economic importance such as:

Two user organisations, a bank and a shipping company, are building applications to test the system's functionality and demonstrate its applicability to modern business environments.


CONTACT POINT

Mr Ioannis Galanos
Intrasoft SA
Adrianiou Street 2
GR - 11525 Athina
tel: + 30 / 1-649 6620
fax: + 30 / 1-6925259
email: yan@isoft.intranet.gr

Participants

INTRASOFT SA - GR - C
ROBOTIKER - E - P
NOVOSOFT SA - E - P
UNIVERSITY OF PAISLEY - P
BANCO DEL COMERCIO SA - E - A
INTRACOM SA - GR - A
INSTITUT FÜR SEEVERKERSWIRTSCHAFT
UND LOGISTIK - D - A


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MMTCA - 6310, December 1993


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