ASP projects

BR.I.NA: Contents and technologies for the next-generation wide-band access

Wide-band technology is a “fact” which allows the present access to advanced telephone services, internet and video-on-demand. Meanwhile, the most quoted observers foresee that the present wide-band is just the beginning of a further evolution which will provide customers with an even larger bands, both to improve the present services and to offer new ones. What type of contents will be generated by this new technology whose uncertain boundaries lie in between telecommunication and computing? What type of challenge will it offer? And which kind of technologies will provide the most effective solution? Speedy Gonzaga and Smile with Simpatia, the two Projects developed in the above general frame, are two examples of answers to the above questions.
Speedy Gonzaga starts from a perception: in our time tourists are left to decide between an “organized tour” and a “spontaneous tour”: in the former case tourists are asked a planning effort, not always desirable or possible; in the latter the result is often a superficial visit, frequently spent just in the commercial streets or in the “canonical” sites. The Project intends to bridge this gap by means of the development of a “context aware” solution which exploits/proposes a sustainable mobility (e.g. bike renting) together with an advanced wide-band wireless telecommunication infrastructure. The Project enters in detail for the solution by identifying a prototype town, Mantova, in order to analyze all the technical, logistic and economic aspects.
Smile with Simpatia aims to improve the “communication levels” in a place, Simpatia near Como, that was conceived not only to solve the health issues of differently abled people but also to offer them the highest possible social integration. The theme was: how to introduce, in an effective and “gentle” mode, the opportunities offered by wide-band telecommunication? The Project focused on video-telecommunication, a tool which offers the potential to extend the social relationship of the Simpatia patients and to improve structure of the health services. The Project exploits/proposes advanced interactive solutions, like the use of RFID tags and purpose-designed software. The project is specifically designed to be used with the collaborative participation of the Simpatia patients.

Principal Academic Tutors
Mario Martinelli
Electronics and Information, Politecnico di Milano

Academic Tutors
Sebastiano Bagnara
InDACo, Politecnico di Milano
Pierpaolo Boffi
Electronics and Information, Politecnico di Milano
Andrea Rangone
Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano
Mario Ricciardi
Control and Computer Engineering, Politecnico di Torino

External institutions
Telecom Italia Labs
Pirelli Broadband Solutions
Pirelli Labs

External Tutors
Giovanni Colombo
Giorgio Grasso
Pirelli Labs
Eugenio Iannone
Pirelli Broadband Solutions
Aldo Righetti

Team members
Donato Barbagallo [Team Controller], Computer Engineering
Pelin Arslan, Product-ServiceSystems Design
Giordano Brombin, Telecommunications
Pietro Gazzano, Management
Fabrizio Guerrieri, Electronics Engineering

Michele Bonardi [Team Controller], Computer Engineering
Alice Bertòla, Product and Service Designer
Lorenzo Cirio, Information Engineering
Francesco Longo [Project Communication Coordinator], Information Engineering

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