The aim of the ESEMAR project is to increment the information flow between all those in the maritime travel or tourism organisations and the people working, voyaging or cruising aboard vessels. ESEMAR can be thought of as an overlay network built to deliver content and allow access to a distributed audience. The actors with respect to this content distribution network can be grouped as follows:
Basically, the idea is to provide connectivity and value added services on top of an already existing satellite communication infrastructure provided by the Evolv-e platform.
This innovative solution will offer a suite of multimedia networking services that have been categorised as follows:
The choice for the return channel will determine the nature of the communication link:
A few simple ideas which make all the difference:
A top level description of the ESEMAR System consists of the following elements:
The Services Provisioning Platform (SPP) relies on the Evolv-e platform which consists of hardware and software (applications, OS, network equipment, enterprise servers, storage) components that support the service provisioning. Basically the SPP can be seen as a provisioning infrastructure which integrates main functions (Services) and support components (Infrastructure Services) in order to provide services to its end-users. The user, once the satellite connection is established, will access the services through a Web Portal. The Portal, being the front-end for the incoming users' requests, has to clearly communicate information and options regarding the ESEMAR project, the available services, the involved Customers and partners. The Services provided by the SPP can be categorised as:
The ESEMAR Content Engine is in charge of handling the sources of content such as the tourist and travel organisations, media companies and local authorities. The Point of Service (POS) to be deployed will feature alternative technical solutions for the return channel which can be summarised as follows: