NTT Communications to Test Service for Information Sharing between Smartphones and Digital Signage
– Will evaluate the practicality of WebSocket and WebRTC protocols –
TOKYO, JAPAN – NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group
(NYSE: NTT), announced today that it will test information sharing between smartphones and digital signage using communication technology based on the WebSocket and WebRTC protocols. The test will be conducted at Mihama Town Resort American Village (American Village) in Chatancho, Okinawa Prefecture from January 31 to the end of February.
Service acceptability, availability and technical validity will be tested by having users download sightseeing- and disaster-related information from digital signage installed in FASHION PLAZA (1st floor). Users will also share their photos by using smartphones to read a QR code on a digital sign to access the service website. Photos uploaded to the website will be used for the creation of mosaic art, which will turn the photos into small pieces of large mosaics that will be displayed on the digital signage. The mosaics will also be available for downloading to users’ smartphones.
During the test, monitors will be asked to evaluate information sharing via digital signage under various scenarios, including normal conditions for sightseeing information and simulated emergency conditions for sharing information between disaster victims.
The test also will evaluate how traffic conditions affect real-time information uploading and downloading of photos using digital signage, specifically in terms of effectiveness, potential technological problems and system load characteristics.
Digital signage is useful for disseminating information in fixed locations for purposes such as sightseeing or disaster-relief operations. Another practical use is displaying up-to-date images gathered from smartphones and network cameras. In some instances, however, connection between devices and signage or network cameras is prevented by the existence of a privacy separator function, which blocks connection and communication between devices using the same network access point. Connection also can be inhibited if two devices are using different wireless LANs. In the test, WebSocket and WebRTC are expected to enable user devices to easily locate and connect to digital signage.
Please see the attachment to learn about scenarios to be evaluated in test. [Attachment]
WebSocket and WebRTC, new protocols for communication between Web browsers, do not rely on operating systems or the display formats of user devices, nor do they require specific applications. Communication between devices is enabled simply by using a Web browser, allowing a wide variety of devices to connect on the same network. The other advantage of these protocols is that their data packet sizes are small compared to the HTTP communication protocol. Also, WebRTC does not require a server for communication after devices are connected. Such advantages are especially useful in places where there is high-volume traffic, such as tourist sites or during disasters.
If the test is successful, it is expected to contribute to the ongoing standardization of the Web of Things (WoT), an advanced concept of the Internet of Things (IoT). WoT leverages Web technologies, such as WebSocket or WebRTC, for IoT services and applications that connect large numbers of devices via a network. Going forward, NTT Com also intends to introduce related services for sharing sightseeing or disaster information via Wi-Fi hotspots and digital signage.
The test, which has been designated as an advanced ITC international standardization project for evaluating communication environment transmittance technologies in next-generation browsers, was entrusted to NTT Communications by the Ministry of Interior Affairs and Communications in July 2014.
Mihama Town Resort American Village:
NTT Com’s press release “NTT Communications to Release Trial of SkyWay WebRTC Platform with TURN Feature”:
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