The question this Study will address is: Is the generic concept of Personal Nets
technically feasible, and are they in the foreseeable future commercially achievable and
acceptable from a customer point of view, and if so what activities could EURESCOM
undertake to push those developments forward?
Personal Nets are a generic concept for providing an individualised, user-centric solution
to the longer-term integration of all communication and information services. They have
been proposed on many occasions over the last few years. More recently the concept
appeared in a variety of forms at EURESCOMs FDW2000 workshop. The concept was
explored at EURESCOM in P703 (Key Requirements on the Global/European Information
Infrastructure) and is currently a topic of study in EURESCOM in P926 CASPIAN.
Many Shareholders have some realisation of this concept within their technology visions.
The term Personal Nets is used here in a generic sense to include similar concepts such as
advanced IP VPN Services, Virtual Nets, Personal Virtual Environments and MyOwnNets. A key
element of these concepts and visions is that Personal Nets maybe destined to become a
ubiquitous mass-market phenomenon.
This is a feasibility Study, which is about testing the concept of Personal Nets.
Depending upon the results and recommendations of this Study there is the possibilities
for follow through activities leading to the development of a Personal Net demonstrator or
The main objectives of this Study are to:
- identify and clarify from a customer point of view, the
technical and business models and concepts of Personal Nets bearing the changing paradigm
of the digital economy in mind (i.e. different models for co-operation in service
- prepare and facilitate a cross disciplinary workshop of
people to investigate the underlying technologies, likely services and applications, and
the business model of the Personal Net concept
- use the workshop output to determine collaborative
activities that could be undertaken at EURESCOM
- establish a EURESCOM based online forum to support a
European wide Personal Net programme
Project clients and
intended exploitation of results
The clients for the results of this Study
are business unit and research managers at Shareholders organizations with responsibility
for exploring new market opportunities arising from new technology applications.
The results of the Study may be exploited
individually within each Shareholder organisations. It is anticipate that the results of
the Study will influence the understanding of user needs and behavior, stimulate ideas for
potentially new markets, guide thinking on alternative business models and suggest new in
house or collaborative R&D activities.