Research centres, major European and global companies have joined their skills in the FI-CONTENT initiative, part of the Future Internet Public Private Partnership (FI-PPP) programme, to drive innovation at the crossroads of content, media, networks and creativity.

FI-CONTENT addressed the Media/Content domain in the next generation Internet. With inputs from 5 important content areas, the project proposed a number of innovative scenarios for new forms of content. The project set out to specify a comprehensive set of Media/Content use cases as well as to start clarifying the Future Internet architecture and enablers necessary to implement those use cases. The use case scenarios were refined and the associated business models were explained. The architecture and supporting (generic and specific) enablers necessary for implementation have been characterised. Finally, a collection of critical enablers specific to Media/Content usage has been prototyped to validate their feasibility.

The 5 content areas are:

  • Games and virtual environments: the delivery and the interactive utilization of content, in most cases in a social relationship with other players,
  • Professionally generated content: production and distribution of content for and by professional broadcasters, combined with end user needs,
  • User-Generated Content entertainment: production and sharing of content by regular consumers,
  • High-end B2B services: a major evolution in the way business stakeholders will be sharing or exchanging huge volumes of content data, opening the way to new business and service models,
  • Edutainment and Culture: content consumption by end users requiring specific new features for educational and cultural purposes and using novel education methods.

Example use cases are provided within the five content areas above. These use cases make extensive use of media content, and provide useful inputs to the FI-WARE project. To illustrate these, FI-CONTENT has given indicative scenarios demonstrating key breakthroughs and technical challenges. It can be anticipated that among the Future Internet applications and services, those involving large content files (e.g. media) will play a key role and will be an important technical driver for their particularly rich interactive communication power possibilities; at present, more than 50% of Internet traffic is video or audio, and this percentage is expected to grow. Video and audio are also the most demanding applications – in terms of processing power (content production) and transmission capabilities (content delivery functions) – and thus provide challenging test cases for the Future Internet

A summary of the FI-CONTENT results can be found in the Final report.

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