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Group Develops a Tool For Sharing Household Multimedia Resources

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Computing researchers at the Ontological Engineering Group at the Polytechnic University of Madrid's School of Computing have collaborated with the private companies iSOCO and Telefonica I+D to develop software for sharing personal multimedia resources among households connected to a telephone network. The tool, called UPnPGrid, would enable a family to send a photo of their children playing football from a PC in the home to relatives. The recipients would be able to see the photo instantly on a TV screen, but other relatives online at the time throughout the house also would be able to access the photo.

UPnPGrid offers some privacy because senders can determine the recipients of the information and data. With its distributed open software architecture, UPnPGrid is able to facilitate real-time image, video, and audio file sharing between networked devices, regardless of the manufacturer, operating system, or programming language. UPnPGrid also could be deployed on content services support networks for operators such as Telefonica.

The partners continue to develop new software functions, and expect to complete their work in June 2010.

From Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain)
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