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Future Internet 2011, 3(2), 87-116; doi:10.3390/fi3020087

A Service Oriented Architecture for Personalized Universal Media Access

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Received: 6 January 2011 / Revised: 3 February 2011 / Accepted: 18 March 3011 / Published: 1 April 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Future Network Architectures)


Multimedia streaming means delivering continuous data to a plethora of client devices. Besides the actual data transport, this also needs a high degree of content adaptation respecting the end users’ needs given by content preferences, transcoding constraints, and device capabilities. Such adaptations can be performed in many ways, usually on the media server. However, when it comes to content editing, like mixing in subtitles or picture-in-picture composition, relying on third party service providers may be necessary. For economic reasons this should be done in a service-oriented way, because a lot of adaptation modules can be reused within different adaptation workflows. Although service-oriented architectures have become widely accepted in the Web community, the multimedia environment is still dominated by monolithic systems. The main reason is the insufficient support for working with continuous data: generally the suitability of Web services for handling complex data types and state-full applications is still limited. In this paper we discuss extensions of Web service frameworks, and present a first implementation of a service-oriented framework for media streaming and digital item adaptation. The focus lies on the technical realization of the services. Our experimental results show the practicality of the actual deployment of service-oriented multimedia frameworks.
Keywords: service-oriented architecture; web services interoperability service-oriented architecture; web services interoperability
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Tönnies, S.; Köhncke, B.; Hennig, P.; Brunkhorst, I.; Balke, W.-T. A Service Oriented Architecture for Personalized Universal Media Access. Future Internet 2011, 3, 87-116.

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