London, UK (PRWEB) October 11, 2009
Global Security Intelligence was awarded a contract under the Eurostars Programme, as part of a three-country consortium, aimed at the development of a secure approach to enable interactivity on IPTV. The two-year project will enable IPTV developers and providers with significant new opportunities and is expected to make viable a broad range of exciting new applications for consumers.
ASPIS (A Secure Platform for IPTV Systems) proposes to enable a bi-directional communication approach that overcomes the significant security concerns posed by unsecured data streams inherent in IPTV systems, and with this, serve the needs of stakeholders across the IPTV market. Developers can more effectively translate their vision into a user-friendly, and usable applications, retailers can reach a whole new set of consumers who may not have tied into the online web-based interactive shopping experience, IPTV providers will have new applications and services available to attract subscribers and advertisers alike. Most importantly, for those users who may not today use the Internet in their homes, access to a broad range of parallel services over IPTV may provide new opportunities to connect.
Kush Wadhwa, Managing Director of GSI, stated, "we are really pleased to be working on this project, in part because it will help to drive forward a technology that is still in its nascent period, but also because it provides new options for elderly and disabled citizens who may not be comfortable using traditional PC-based access to the Internet, and thus, are cut off from some of the practical benefits of the web. ASPIS will give us an opportunity to provide a secure platform through which personal health, financial, and other information can be communicated between parties and ultimately improve the ability of the users to gain access to information, services, and products that can improve their quality of life."
The ASPIS project launched with the kickoff meeting on 22 July in Limassol, formally beginning the work of the consortium. As a part of the main project activities, the platform will be vetted by key stakeholders in the IPTV value chain, and the consortium will be piloting the platform and obtaining feedback from focus groups in early 2011, targeting broad market introduction of ASPIS by 2012.
About Global Security Intelligence Limited
Global Security Intelligence Limited (GSI) is a UK-based consultancy, with research efforts focused on technologies in the areas of security and independent living for the elderly and disabled. GSI's work in the area of independent living addresses the effective uses of ubiquitous, ambient technologies which enable ageing, disabled, or chronically ill individuals to live independent and socially active lives, including work with assistive technologies, innovative sensors and surveillance systems, telemedicine solutions, and robotics. GSI's efforts in the area of security focus upon biometrics and surveillance technologies as well as various policy, ethical, and privacy concerns.
ASPIS (A Secure Platform for IPTV Systems) is a 24-month project, selected for funding under the Eurostars Programme (http://www.eurostars-eureka.eu), which aims to develop a secure approach for bi-directional communication via IPTV, enabling a broad range of applications that may require personal, financial, or health information in a trusted relationship. ASPIS is expected to open up new opportunities for application developers, IPTV providers, and e-Commerce stakeholders, as well as providing improved access to products and services for individuals. In the UK, the ASPIS project is co-funded by the UK Technology Strategy Board (http://www.innovateuk.org.uk) through the EU Eurostars programme. The Technology Strategy Board is a business-led executive non-departmental public body, established by the United Kingdom Government. Its mission is to promote and support research into, and development and exploitation of, technology and innovation for the benefit of UK business, in order to increase economic growth and improve the quality of life.
The ASPIS consortium includes the project coordinator, Primetel PLC (CY), Global Security Intelligence (UK), and Euroconsultants S.A. (GR).
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