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SoftBridge: An Architecture for Building IP-based Bridges over the Digital Divide

Lewis, John, William Tucker and Edwin Blake (2002) SoftBridge: An Architecture for Building IP-based Bridges over the Digital Divide. In Proceedings SATNAC 2002, Drakensberg, South Africa.

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Abstract

Users and computing equipment have varying capabilities that include the abilities to exchange test, audio and engage in high bandwith communication. As the technological options increase, effective communication between the different media has to be able to bridge across these options: the bridges have to take into account network qualirt, end-user equipment capabilities as well as user capabilities and preferences. Our research proposes a SoftBridge, an abstracted communications platform for the construction of applications across the disparate capabilities found in various Digital Divides. We outline the architecture and the requirements that the SoftBridge has to fulfill. An approach and some initial work is described.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:communications, bridges, scalable interfaces, media adapters, Digital Divide, Internet based collaboration
Subjects:H Information Systems: H.4 INFORMATION SYSTEMS APPLICATIONS
ID Code:50
Deposited By:Lewis, John Arundel
Deposited On:29 September 2003