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Next-Generation Collaboration Tools to Support Telescience and Outreach

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2002 / SBIR
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AZ Technology Inc
AL Huntsville, AL 35806-2188
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Next-Generation Collaboration Tools to Support Telescience and Outreach
Agency: NASA
Contract: NAS8-02004
Award Amount: $0.00


The proposed innovation is a set of next-generation collaboration tools and techniques utilizing standard Internet Protocols (IP). The primary use is to support 24 x 7 mission operations and telescience; secondary use includes education and public outreach. Existing first-generation 24 x 7 IP-based collaboration systems such as the International Space Station (ISS) Internet Voice Distribution System (IVoDS) are limited to audio-only conferencing. They replicate the functionality of legacy business telephony-based systems. Our goal is to incorporate the power of the personal computer, Internet, multimedia, and videoconferencing into these systems.Phase I will test those technologies that promise to dramatically increase the effectiveness of performing telescience. Four collaboration areas have been identified: audio, video, conference management, and application sharing. Representative tasks and metrics for collaboration performance monitoring will be developed. Candidate capabilities will be prototyped and tested utilizing ground-based experimenter and educational groups. In Phase II the most promising capabilities will be incorporated into a prototype CONTACT system and tested with larger groups, including researchers performing live ISS telescience and NASA Quest educational audiences. The prototype system will be interfaced to IVoDS, demonstrating techniques for providing unsecured secondary users limited access to secure telescience conferences.

Principal Investigator:

Terri Speir
Sr. Software Engineer

Business Contact:

David O'Neil
Vice President
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AZ Technology, Inc.
7047 Old Madison Pike, Suite 300 Huntsville, AL 35806

EIN/Tax ID: 631019994
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No