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SBIR Phase I: Implementation, Testing and Refinement of a Hybrid Distributed /…

Award Information

Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
84631
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
0637849
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Network Foundation Technologies
818 Nelson Avenue Ruston, LA 71272 0000
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: SBIR Phase I: Implementation, Testing and Refinement of a Hybrid Distributed / Traditional System for Broadcasting Live and Pre-Recorded Content to Large Online Audiences
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0637849
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project focuses on the implementation, testing, and refinement of a hybrid distributed / traditional system for broadcasting live and pre-recorded content to large online audiences at low cost. Traditional approaches to streaming media online are not well suited for delivering television-style ""linear"" feeds to large audiences. The primary constraint is that the bandwidth costs shouldered by the broadcaster increase in lock step with increasing audience size -- the more people who watch; the more it costs the broadcaster. Peer-to-peer systems can shift content distribution costs from publishers to end-consumers interested in obtaining a copy of that content. This proposal directly addresses the issue of guaranteeing a specific quality of service (a particular streaming bit rate) to end-users, regardless of their ability to repeat the broadcast. By segmenting the broadcast stream into components and augmenting the broadcast system with a traditional online broadcast solution, the bandwidth bottleneck can be removed, providing consumers with a high quality viewing experience, while continuing to significantly reduce broadcaster bandwidth costs. The commercial potential of this project is significant. By implementing a unique ""augmentation server"" architecture to deliver those portions of a broadcast signal that can not be effectively transmitted in a distributed manner, the resulting hybrid distributed / traditional online broadcast solution will combine lower cost with increased quality. Once proven, this combination of features is likely to prove attractive to broadcasters who are searching for ways to effectively utilize the Internet to reach larger audiences.

Principal Investigator:

Mike H. O'Neal
PhD
3182575432
mike@nft-tv.com

Business Contact:

Mike H. O'Neal
PhD
3182575432
mike@nft-tv.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Network Foundation Technologies
818 Nelson Avenue SUITE 102/103 Ruston, LA 71272

EIN/Tax ID: 900024291
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No