A generalized network architecture for telepresence applications that collaborate between different "sites";a site could be based around a TAS/ server, or a DAN, or similar entities. Using MCS (multipoint communications system) as the communications substrate, the architecture would allow for the incremental addition of new applications, and resources that would be shared among sites. It would provide a good facility for remote control of resources, information sharing, a distributed virtual office model, multipoint conference management, etc.
The prototype will be in C or C++ on a Sun using UNIX (or a PC/SCOUNIX, or both), and use a version of MCS that is UNIX compatible and then runs over TCP-IP as its underlying communications layer.
Will be a unique and extremely flexible facility.
This is just in the design stage. We also need to create the MCS port to UNIX.