Major Expected Results
ANSO‘s focus on home area networking promise a significant strategic impact, in terms of addressing societal problems, reinforcing competition, developing the marketplace and contributing to key standards and the wider research community.
ANSO targets a very fast growing market. There will be three levels of revenue generation in ANSO emerging model and project exploitation:
- Service providers, who will sell premium services over the network,
- Network operators, who will evolve from today’s ISPs, telcos and cable/satellite operators and
- Appliance manufacturers, who will market the various new forms of interoperable end-user products through online and retail stores, as is currently the case.
Added-value at the European level
The ANSO project mobilizes the necessary critical mass of highly relevant resources from a set of complementary partners distributed across Europe . This set of competencies would be difficult to achieve at the purely national level, as it is necessary to identify partners with the required combination of technical skills, industrial presence, relevant current products, end-user experience and access to relevant research networks.
- Critical mass for exploitation – the future marketplace for ANSO-derived products will be pan-European service and network operators. In addition, the manufacturers who need to incorporate ANSO’s technology into consumer electronics products are global players. The consortium brings together industrial and research partners who have the necessary relationships with all of these players plus the standards bodies in order to promote an open approach, without creating a partisan consortium dominated by one or two manufacturers and/or network operators.
- Critical mass for complementarity – the members of the ANSO consortium have been assembled to bring together skills, research excellence and access to the marketplace which could not be achieved in a single state.
The ANSO partners represent 7 European countries, further supporting the pan-European exploitation and dissemination of the intended results.
Societal and economic challenges
ANSO is expected to tackle a number of societal and economic challenges, including:
- Closing the digital gap. ANSO will support social cohesion by enabling home-bound citizens and those currently excluded by the “digital divide” to participate in high quality digital services. ANSO promises to distribute both traditional set-top box functions as well as advanced communications and multimedia applications across multiple low cost appliances in the home. This will allow yet more citizens access to digital services, and will give greater freedom of choice in ‘mixing and matching’ services and appliances to suit their specific needs.
- Extent Service Offerings. ANSO will enable new business models for network operators, content providers and appliance manufacturers to deliver sustainable, high quality services to the citizen at home.
- Reinforcing competitiveness . Open interfaces and a powerful, scalable middleware based on open standards are important conditions for achieving open competition. This prevents locking customers into one proprietary home network system. Application providers will be able to compete with innovative services while manufacturers of home appliances compete with different features of their devices. It is even possible for SMEs rather than only the global players to participate in such an unlocked market.
- Home Safety. ANSO will facilitate greater safety in the home by providing the low cost infrastructure to enable monitoring applications. Examples include: medical monitoring of the elderly or home-bound, low cost home (web-cam style) surveillance for security, and fire prevention through wireless integration with domestic appliances such as heaters, ovens, etc.
Contributions to Standards
Contribution to Standardization Bodies and Forums will be of great importance for ANSO success. ANSO via its partners (Thales, Thomson, VTT, University Joseph Fourier, Schneider Electric ) aim to contribute in the following relevant standardization bodies in alphabetic order:
- Cenelec Smart House
- CHAIN (Ceced Home Appliance Intecomunication Network)
- Digital Living Network Alliance ( DLNA )
- DVB Consortium/ DVB-HN (home network) and DVB-IPTV groups
- DVB Consortium/ DVB-MHP
- EIBA (European Installation Bus Association), EHSA (European Home Systems Association)
- European and National Technical Regulator Bodies (Cenelec / CEI)
- Konnex Scientific Congress
- OSGi Alliance
- Parlay Group
- UPnP Forum
- W3 at EUSAI