A full program of conference tracks, talks and events will be posted as the conference date approaches. In the interim, the names and descriptions of the conference tracks can be found below.
The conference includes 7 tracks addressing issues important to real time communications. The names of the tracks, and their high level descriptions are shown below.
The 10th IPTComm conference is a continuation of a series of successful events devoted to academic and industrial research in IP-enabled communications and services. Peer reviewed papers will be presented and discussed in the IPTComm track. The call for papers can be found at iptcomm-cfp. The goal of IPTComm is to bring together researchers working in emerging communications fields in order to discuss challenges and share results, and ultimately provide a solid foundation to support the progress of new services and communication paradigms. Promoting and addressing the ever changing technological landscape, the conference addresses timely topics related to Mobility, 5G Technologies, HOLO Computing, Networking Protocols for Blockchain-enabled applications, Smart Contracts, Software Defined Networking, Big Data, Information Centric Networks, new web-enabled technologies like WebRTC, Cloud-based real-time media processing, Internet of Things (IoT) and M2M systems. Part of IPTComm’s unique focus is including novel work that addresses the applicability of these technologies to emergency services and other social services and to the reliability, security and performance of real-time telecommunications and data services.
Mobile Networks and Applications
The Internet is Mobile and the transition to an IP based wireless network is well complete. With the proliferation of smartphones and tablets, combined with exploding demand for ubiquitous wireless network connectivity and resources, the mobile experience has moved to the forefront of how we communicate. With this transition has come a change in use patterns. Today mobile applications are dominant. Mobile ecosystems offer a rich environment in which users can enjoy better experiences. This track will address the evolution of this ecosystem. Topics to be discussed include:
- What new platforms are emerging for new application development?
- How will the mobile web and native app development co-exist?
- What is the role of mobile communications stakeholders in the new ecosystem?
- How are sensors, geolocation, big data, and artificial intelligence, and other aspects of the IoT ecosystem creating a richer experience by adding context to real-time communications?
- How does the network impact the application and the application impact the network?
- How will 5G impact this ecosystem?
WebRTC and Communications Platform as a Service
The real-time communications industry is no stranger to new technologies, but two new trends in particular are helping to expose these capabilities to a whole new groups of developers. in turn redefining RTC. Those technologies are:
- WebRTC and
- Communications Platforms as a Service (CPaaS)
WebRTC is an open source community, industry standard, and state of the art technology that was introduced just 5 years ago. The technology makes RTC a standard part of the browser, but its use has quickly expanded into mobile applications and embedded devices. It has already put Real Time Communications in billions of browsers and mobile phones and gained billions of users through popular services like Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, SnapChat, and many, many others.
In addition, Communications Platforms as a Service are making telephony services more accessible than ever. Just as developers can leverage cloud computing to launch services and common computing elements in minutes, CPaaS platforms enable developers to build communications applications with ease. As a result, the audience of communications developers has greatly expanded, helping to usher in a new era of communications applications and use cases.
In this track we will:
- Examine the real status of WebRTC from a standards and market perspective
- Evaluate the advantages and shortcomings of the CPaaS approach
- Explore best practices for implementing new communications applications
Next Generation Emergency Communications Services
Track Chair: Mark Fletcher
The change is evident. Next Generation 9-1-1 networks are being built; FirstNet deployments are being funded; Public Safety communications centers are on the verge of the most meaningful upgrade in the last 40 years. At the origination point of the communications chain, consumers have migrated to smart phones that make use of the web and Internet based applications. The way we communicate has fundamentally changed; therefore it is only natural that as these new communications modalities shift from social to mainstream, their use for emergency assistance becomes unavoidable.
Fortunately, the industry has responded by developing various methods, standards and systems for delivering emergency calls over internetworks, however the adoption by public service agencies has been unhurried, as the lack of end-to-end connectivity, as well as jurisdictional and political constraints have created barriers, both real and perceived. Despite this, the consumer demand has continued to drive the development of applications to address the need, with results that have been both good and poor, due to the absence of consistent standards and compliance with other best practices. While historically our emergency service networks were constructed with reliability and security at the core of their existence, maintaining the resiliency of these core elements while adding functionality such as location and contextual information has been a challenge.
The goal of this track is to highlight the technology, as well as current projects that are underway, and openly discuss existing and new best practices required for Next Generation emergency services in both the public and private sectors. It will provide a deep dive into the various trials and implementations identifying and examining the various challenges and potential opportunities.
Topics to be addressed include:
- Public Policy – Current and Proposed
- Indoor Location Accuracy Capabilities
- Database (GIS) Applicability
- Applications – Internal and Public
- FirstNet – What it is and What it Isn’t
- NG9-1-1 Case Studies from current deployments
Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (aka Internet of Everything) has become the technological revolution. Every segment of IT technology development, whether it is Silicon, Multimedia Communication, Devices & Systems, Software, Solutions, System Integration & Services is being augmented through this new paradigm. Vertical industry segments such as manufacturing, healthcare, digital workplace technologies, transportation and public sector continue to heavily invest their resources to capitalize on this burgeoning market which is poised to have an overall impact of ~$19 trillion*. These impacts are best characterized in the form of efficiencies, productivity gains, sustainability and safety improvements together with quality of life and natural (frictionless) qualities of user experience. IoT relies upon a vast confluence of technologies and standards – including sensors and actuators, wearable computing, communications & protocols, network, storage and compute infrastructure, big data and analytics, middleware, security, visualization and control and finally immersive applications. Currently industry alliances and consortia are being formed to address the varied challenges brought by the nexus of the devices and systems listed above namely interoperability, business model consumption, management, privacy and trust. In this track, we are inviting diverse industry participants to share their vision and thought leadership, technology and business acumen and practical experiences, in the form of keynote speeches, technical presentations and interactive panels. Please join us for this exciting track to learn about both the “hype” and the reality.”
Track Chair: Imre Varga
Key components of real-time media communication are audio and video technologies, including codecs for speech, for audio, for video. The codecs used in practical situations are standardized codecs; codec standardization is historically spread over various standardization organizations. The significance of codec technologies lies in the features they incorporate and on this way, they determine the customer experience of a certain service. Besides baseline quality and algorithmic delay, an important feature of codecs is error robustness which is especially important in case of mobile transmission and transmission over internet.
On the service side, real-time communication remains a key area. With the advent of LTE networks, VoLTE technologies have been deployed. Internet telephony and voice over WiFi put requirements on codecs that go beyond the features of older coders. Enhanced user experience is achieved by adding an extended audio bandwidth (super-wideband), improving quality at narrowband and wideband, and using advanced techniques of error robustness against transmission errors. An emerging application in the multimedia field is Virtual Reality that puts demanding requirements on audio and video technologies. Spatial audio content, multichannel and immersive audio capabilities are key elements of VR delivery; the high quality of spatial rendering, support of properly adjusted head-tracking (HRTF’s, headsets) will determine the immersiveness and richness of the user experience. Availability of cost-effective 360 cameras allows using 360 video and a rendering capability that ensures immersiveness can be maintained.
Join the audio / video track to learn about exciting new developments!
Real-Time Multimedia Software Defined Networks (RTM SDN) and Cloud Communications
Track Chair: Pascal Menezes
Today many enterprises and small-to medium-sized businesses worldwide are retooling their real-time media environments into a full collaboration suite, thereby increasing user productivity and enabling their workforce to communicate in a truly engaging mobile and rich multimedia experience. Real-time media modalities such as voice, video, web conferencing, interactive white boards and virtual collaboration are now being delivered into a seamless integration of business workflows and applications. Unfortunately, many real-time deployments suffer from a variety of Quality of Experience (QoE) and reliability issues: including users having difficulty in establishing new connections, and once sessions are established may experience intermittent audio quality issues, pixelated and low-quality video, or sluggish virtual collaboration and white boarding sessions resulting in poor usability, frustrated users and low adoption. These quality and reliability issues prevent organizations from realizing their full potential of their real-time collaboration investments. This is because real-time media is highly dependent on the quality of the underlying network, with some collaboration solution vendors indicating that 60% to 80% of user experience problems are caused by issues with the underlying network. In practice, troubleshooting these types of intermittent network issues for real-time media is complex and time-consuming and when issues have been identified, addressing them often requires highly specialized domain experts, costly infrastructure upgrades and/or complex network reconfigurations, all of which have a significant negative impact on total cost of ownership and business outcomes.
In this session learn how the IMTC Real-Time Media Software Defined Networks (RTM SDN) Activity Group is leveraging the emergence of Software Defined Networking (SDN) as a powerful and flexible solution to address the challenges of deploying and supporting a high quality and reliable user experience for real-time media. By allowing real-time media applications to dynamically interact with the network using a set of machine-to-machine APIs, we aim to ensure that application-level quality of experience and performance requirements can be met and automatically optimized by the underlying network infrastructure, without human intervention required. RTM SDN provides visibility and automation to enable the rapid deployment of complex ecosystem of networks, real-time media applications, devices and services end-to-end.