2nd International ICST Conference on Communications and Networking in China

Research Article

ASI – the Ambient Network Service Interface

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1109/CHINACOM.2007.4469495,
        author={Markus Kampmann and Stefan Bleiholder and Adnan Tariq and Kerry Jean and Zhaohong Lai and Mirko Cano Soveri and Kazimierz Bałos and Martin Stiemerling},
        title={ASI -- the Ambient Network Service Interface},
        proceedings={2nd International ICST Conference on Communications and Networking in China},
        keywords={Ambient Networks reference points service negotiation IMS IPTV},
  • Markus Kampmann
    Stefan Bleiholder
    Adnan Tariq
    Kerry Jean
    Zhaohong Lai
    Mirko Cano Soveri
    Kazimierz Bałos
    Martin Stiemerling
    Year: 2008
    ASI – the Ambient Network Service Interface
    DOI: 10.1109/CHINACOM.2007.4469495
Markus Kampmann1,*, Stefan Bleiholder1, Adnan Tariq1, Kerry Jean2,*, Zhaohong Lai2,*, Mirko Cano Soveri3,*, Kazimierz Bałos4,*, Martin Stiemerling5,*
  • 1: Ericsson Research Herzogenrath, Germany
  • 2: Dept. of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College London, London, U.K.
  • 3: División de arquitecturas de referencia de plataformas para nuevas redes Telefónica I+D Valladolid, Spain
  • 4: Dept. of Computer Science, University of Science and Technology (AGH-UST), Krakow, Poland
  • 5: Network Laboratories, NEC Europe Ltd Heidelberg, Germany
*Contact email: markus.kampmann@ericsson.com, kjean@ee.ucl.ac.uk, zlai@ee.ucl.ac.uk, mdcs266@tid.es, kbalos@agh.edu.pl, stiemerling@netlab.nec.de


Within the European research project Ambient Networks three reference points have been defined that determine the interactions and services an Ambient Network provides and fully describe it from an external perspective. In this paper, one of these reference points, the Ambient Service Interface (ASI), is described in detail. The ASI is used for connecting external services to the Ambient Control Space (ACS) of an Ambient Network and provides uniform access to Ambient Networks functionality from upper layers. After introducing the ASI main concepts, the new Ambient Networks service provisioning role model is presented. Examples of ASI primitives are given and a proposal for the realization of the ASI framework using web services is presented. The usage and implementation of the ASI in an IPTV usage scenario is given. Finally, the integration with IMS is discussed.