BerlinTainment

Serviceware Framework for device-independent, personalized and location-aware leisure activity planning

Competence CenterNext Generation Services
ContactProf. Dr. Sahin Albayrak
Partners: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)

 

Large cities and metropolitan areas offer a rich variety of cultural and leisure opportunities. In order to take advantage of these worthwhile opportunities, appropriate planning is necessary. Activities like concerts, films or plays as well as shopping tours and restaurant visits are a few examples that illustrate the diverse possibilities available to the consumer and the complexity of leisure planning. Often, interesting one-day events are missed, too few leisure options are known, efficient traffic routes cannot be found, people with similar interests cannot be reached or the way to an event is simple lost in the city. 

Information on possible activities is often inapplicable, because of time, media and place constraints that cause the consumer to miss it. While opportunities may be detailed in daily newspapers, magazines and local radio and television stations, none of these media can cover a consumer's personal information needs completely. The little information about consumers' behavior on the Internet makes it difficult to extract what he wants. The consumer needs information on leisure activities to be in one place, with reservations, schedule planning and reminders, transportation and contact sharing available immediately.

Goal

The goal of the BerlinTainment project is the simplification of the provision of information over the Internet. For this purpose a scalable Service ware Framework has been developed, which directly connects end users with service providers. The Framework allows value-added services from different domains to be effectively and efficiently developed. These services will be highly relevant to the consumer, provide easy access to comprehensive, personalized and current information and be accessible over different devices and heterogeneous network technologies. As a showcase for the Framework, different prototype services, developed and integrated into the Framework, are offered. This enables newcomers to the city, such as new residents, tourists or business travelers to be informed of interesting leisure activities and background information, with respective to their time, place and situation. With the BerlinTainment service comprehensive day itineraries can be planned, reservations set up, social contacts made, shopping tours arranged, traffic connections checked and new routes suggested. The Berlin metropolitan area is the example coverage area of the project.

Implementation

Agent technology will be used for the implementation of the Framework, because it allows the service developer to create services with distribution, adaptability modularization that satisfy the requirements of the provider and the user. Agent technology also fits well with the other project objectives: personalization (profile-based information searching and filtering), location-relevance of presented information and device independence in service access. The agent architecture JIAC will be employed as the basis for the implementation of the system. A prototype demonstration application based on the generic functions of the system will be implemented and evaluated. Expert round tables and workshops will be organized in parallel to this development. These events, which will include project partners and experts from research and industry, will serve as a platform for exchanging knowledge and common visions on themes relevant to the project.