Technical feasibility

PART B: VALORISATION PLAN

SECTION I: Testing

 

1 Has the R & D result been tested?
YES X
NO

 

The following question is replied according to the reply in question 1

 

If yes

 

1a In what mode has the result been tested? 

•             Prototype

•             Pilot Application

•             Alpha/BETA testing

 

The system has been tested at a prototype level both in the laboratory and during a public demonstration. 

 

1b. Please describe and discuss the testing results
The system main blocks are: mobile devices, dedicated remote web services and remote content providers (web pages, applications, web services). The mobile device includes a web browser and a context-aware application; the dedicated web services are hosted on server that includes an adapted search engine and an application able to automatically load contents and manage remote services contextually invoked. 

About the context-awareness, there are many aspects still under research, the most important, from a product perspective, is the location. The system can manage additional context information but, at the moment, sensing capabilities of the mobile terminals are limited, in most cases, to the position awareness.

The parts of the system have been tested at different levels.

On the mobile side, the unit tests have been performed and gave good results in the cases already covered (e.g. location).

On the server side, the test performed were only functional since the services are hosted on lab machine during the development phase. Thus, some of the tests (e.g. stress test) was not significant. The same functions will be moved on scalable cloud computing environments to support a big number of users during the deployment phase.

In addition to laboratory tests, a subset of the system has been used on the field as a multimedia mobile guide aimed at supporting tourists and visitors across museums of region Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy). The mobile guide allowed users to access and display information and multimedia contents related to paintings and works created by Tiepolo family.

 

If no:

 

1c Describe what type of testing does the R&D result need?
N/A 

 

1d. What is the time needed for testing?
N/A
1e. What is the cost needed for testing?
N/A

SECTION 2: Current Stage of Development

 

2a To what extent does the development team have technical resources for supporting the production of a new product? (Researchers, human resources, hardware, etc. )
At the moment, the team has no resources to allocate on the engineering of the product. The activities needed to complete the current phase are estimated in 24 man months. 

The server hardware is not an issue since it can be easily found for hire, when needed, thanks to cloud computing resources. From the mobile viewpoint, the hardware has to be Commercial Off-the-shelf (COTS) to make the deployment easier to be managed.

 

2b What are the technical issues that need to be tackled for full deployment, if needed?
The server part need to be engineered, the laboratory prototype has been set-up just as development tool. The main action item is related to the optimization of content research processes. 

Some technical issues to be taken into account are related to the deployment and business model that is not completely defined yet.

In addition to the main function, the content research, there is the need for authentication and billing functions that are to be defined on the base of the contents and in accordance to the content provider policies.

2c What additional technical resources are needed for the production of this new product?
Some key issues as usability, legal (rights, privacy, etc) and marketing need some extra effort to allow a commercial deployment of the CAB. For those issues, the use of external resources is envisaged. 

Finally, a partnership with companies working in the mobile communication market may give more chances to deploy the system (e.g. providing to the market terminals with a pre-installed CAB). From this viewpoint some effort is envisaged to make the research result usable for third parties. In fact, the availability of a Software Development Kit (SDK) might help the adoption of the CAB by service or content providers.

 

2d Overall assessment of the current stage of technical development.
The technical development is currently at a mid stage. Some of the functions are developed and  tested, others are not started at all. In other words,  the human effort necessary to finalize the deployment is not negligible and need a careful evaluation of the potential market.

SECTION 3: Deployment

3a Define the demands for large scale production in terms of
  • Materials
Negligible 

 

  • technologies, tools, machineries
Mainly the technologies are: computer, smartphones, mobile and wired networks. 

 

  • Staff effort
The deployment requires some technical, sales and after sales activities. The team should be added with such skills. 

The amount of effort (mainly on the sales and after sales fronts) depends on the diffusion of the services and the number of different contents supported; at the current stage of  development, it is difficult to be predicted.

 

 

SECTION 4: Overall Assessment

 

1 What is you overall assessment of the technical feasibility of the research result?
Provided the resources needed to complete the engineering of the product and given the team experience, the level of confidence about feasibility is considered good. 

 

 

KEYWORDS QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT (0-5).

 

Please put X as appropriate. 1 2 3 4 5
Adequacy of testing activity undertaken so far X
Adequacy and availability of technical resources of the development team X
Current development stage X
Overall technical feasibility X

 

 

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