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News 11-7-2012: LiveCity Mixed Reality Game Design Competition Now Open (info)

Live City & Video to Video

LiveCity addresses a number of communities where the citizens of a city have specific challenges and can derive benefits from the use of live interactive high definition video-to-video (v2v). These communities include: emergency ambulances; hospitals, doctors and nurses; museum curators; city administrations, and; schools (pupils and teachers). Today, live interactive high definition video-to-video is becoming possible with a range of devices and applications. These are well supported in private networks owned by enterprises where quality of service is available. However, for a mass market in the cities, quality of services is missing in the public Internet.

LiveCity implements a range of pilots for city communities across the public Internet. We build a wireline and 4G wireless network of 5 cities and include a right of way (RoW) without interference from unwanted traffic, so that each user in the involved cities can experience live interactive high definition video-to-video.

We use a virtual path slice (VPS) controller to provide the underlying QoS guarantee. A virtual path slice is a diffserv traffic event with associated resorce management and wholesale billing capabilities. A virtual path slice gives a right of way without interference from unwanted traffic in order to support live interactive high definition video-to-video. LiveCity combines the VPS Controller with "off-the-shelf" video components to build a video-to-video (v2v) platform and implements pilots for a range of communities across public Internet infrastructure in five cities (Athens, Dublin, Luxembourg (city), Greifswald and Valladiolid. LiveCity is a technology integration trial which offers advanced services to over 2.750 users in the involved five European Cities and further expects to promote v2v deployemnt in other European citiers, as well.