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Philips, IBM Team On Secure Content Initiative

10 Sep, 2002 By: Hive News

IBM, Philips Research and the Telematica Instituut today announced the start of a joint research project focusing on secure digital broadband content delivery to, from, and within the home.

The aim of the project, called TIPSCI (Telematica Instituut, IBM, Philips Secure Content Initiative), is to prototype an integrated content delivery solution that will allow easier, safer and more secure exchange of consumer digital content in the home, including music, video and games. Issues to be solved include security of content, digital rights management (DRM), quality of service provision and speed and manageability of home communications networks.

"With this partnership with Philips and the Telematica Instituut, IBM is furthering its commitment to the secure delivery of digital content to consumers," said Brett MacIntyre, IBM Software's VP, Content Management,. "By giving people at home the assurance that the digital audio, video and Web-based content that enters their homes is protected and secure, we are continuing to enable investments across every part of the digital media chain."

"This development fits perfectly in Philips' vision of Ambient Intelligence," said Fred Boekhorst, SVP of Philips Research. "We foresee the development of home networks of interlinked, content-sharing devices that will allow consumers to benefit optimally from the new opportunities offered by digital electronics. The seamless exchange of content between devices is a crucial enabler, as is research on DRM solutions that offer people security, trust and confidence in an increasingly connected world."

Each company brings its own skills and technologies to the project. Philips' provision of solutions for consumer electronics devices and home networks is crucial to the initiative - including digital rights management solutions, residential gateways, set-top boxes and end-user devices for high-quality audio and video.

IBM will contribute services expertise and products in the areas of IT networking and service provider infrastructures, content management software, pervasive computing application solutions and DRM software through IBM's EMMS (Electronic Media Management System). Telematica Instituut will add fundamental scientific and application-based research capabilities in the areas of content engineering, personalized services and business models.

"Delivering multimedia content any time, any place, on any device and making this a personal experience is a main research topic of the Telematica Instituut," said Chris Vissers, Scientific Director of the Telematica Instituut. "Digital rights management, secure content distribution and valid business models are prerequisites to achieve this."

The companies will develop a demonstration platform that will showcase the benefits of aligning content management and distribution systems for consumer service providers. The project planning aims to deliver demonstrable solutions by December 2003.

The agreement was signed at the ICT Kenniscongres in The Hague, the Netherlands on Sept. 5. In a related matter, Philips and the Telematica Instituut also announce Philips Research will join the Telematica Instituut. IBM was a member already.

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