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ANOPAS Project Successfully Completed

November 2017

The ANOPAS research project was started in August 2015 with our partners from Fraunhofer FOKUS and TU Berlin and was funded by the Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi). The work on this project was completed in time by July 2017. Meanwhile, the final report has been submitted and thus the project is successfully completed.
During the project time we discussed and developed together with our partners many approaches that will help to improve the users’ streaming experience. One of the outcomes is an architecture that can be used as a framework to develop more powerful and smarter adaptation algorithms in MPEG-DASH.

The experience we gathered in this research project has led to a strong improvement of our products and know-how in the streaming domain. Many concepts and ideas are also applicable for other streaming technologies like HLS.

ANOPAS uses Server and Network Assisted DASH (SAND)

March 2016

In context of the ANOPAS project, we decided to include parts of the recently published MPEG-DASH SAND standard (ISO/IEC 23009-5) into our further development activities. The SAND standard (Server and network assisted DASH), defines an architecture and the protocols to allow DASH clients reporting metrics to servers and assist clients on their adaptation decisions.

The ANOPAS project will base their communication protocol on SAND and implement some of the SAND features. This will be for example the coordination of multiple clients sharing the same network resources. In this case, clients will issue a request to participate in resource sharing on the network. Following this, the server will assign them the maximum bandwidth in order to ensure the best use of the available resources. The distribution of the bandwidth to each single client may be influenced by resource allocation strategies e.g. fairness or pricing.

Start of the ANOPAS MPEG-DASH Research Project

August 2015

The ANOPAS research project has been set-up by the partners TARA Systems, Fraunhofer FOKUS and TU Berlin to develop and evaluate innovative adaptation algorithms for adaptive streaming. The main focus is on the MPEG-DASH streaming protocol since this is widely used in web browsers and with HbbTV services. ANOPAS aims at reaching the best possible playback quality, fairness between users in multiple user environments, live streaming with low latency and efficient operation in wireless networks. The generated solutions shall be implemented in prototypes and evaluated in realistic test scenarios.

This project has received funding from the Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) and their innovation program »Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand« (ZIM).

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