The objective behind SchoolCast was to plan, to design, implement and bring to pilot utilisation a content delivery system, whereby a variety of multimedia files (internet, video, audio, image) could be multicast to 10 or more Irish schools using a 2-way satellite infrastructure, and cache the files at the school server for fast local access. The pilot also validated the service on high bandwidth terrestrial multicast networks through the collaboration of HEAnet.
Specifically the project team focused on the following activities:
SchoolCast is a content delivery management service that can be easily and economically implemented in a satellite based service to provide content, access or both to a larger community that is coherent (such as in a compulsory education community) and where satellite access service is likely to be a significant part of the connectivity solution. The main benefits to the various stakeholders can be summarised as follows:
The content delivery system is a combination of technologies and human procedures that support the management and the process of selection, validation, aggregation, scheduling and booking of the transmission of content, and furthermore the verification of the reception and access to the content on the client side. This complete system is called the Content Delivery Service SchoolCast.
|The SchoolCast project does not intend to develop from scratch the different modules or elements that are necessary to drive the service. Most elements exist, be it in some cases in non-commercial or non-operational form. Most of the development work will consist of the integration in a fully-fledged end-user directed managed service.|
Phase 1: Design: 1 June 2004 - 16 July 2004
Following its successful pilot phase which ran from February 2005 to December 2005, the SchoolCast project is now finished.
An evaluation of the teachers who took part is on-going with NCTE, the main stakeholder representative who is responsible for the new Schools Broadband Access Network launched in Ireland. NCTE with the input of HEAnet, who are technically managing the Schools Network, are actively considering the take-up of SchoolCast in the next round of development linked to the schools network in Ireland.
Meanwhile the SchoolCast partnership continues between the 4 companies involved. ATiT, GCS and Intel are focused on opportunities in Ireland and Greece, while ATiT, Web-Sat and GCS are following opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa.