Interactive Demo: Rich Presence Trial
Arlington, April 2009
The Internet2 Presence and Integrated Communications Working Group (PIC-WG) invites you to participate in a live, interactive demo of the PIC@edu project during the Spring 2009 Internet2 Member Meeting. During the meeting, a Jabber server that provides Instant Messaging and Presence services will be running on the conference network and will be available for your use. You will be able to communicate with other conference attendees, as well as remote participants, in ad-hoc chats as well as in chat rooms specifically configured around key conference sessions and major venues. In fact, Internet2 members who are not physically onsite are welcome and encouraged to join the demo, as it provides an alternative way to participate in meetings in real time.
Participation is Easy
For more information, please stop by the PIC Working Group Session on Monday, 27 April at 4:00 pm.
For experienced users:
You can create a new account on the demo server here: https://picdemo.internet2.edu:9091/plugins/registration/sign-up.jsp, or use the client of your choice to create an account on picdemo.internet2.edu
Then, connect to a chatroom when a meeting of your choice is in session. See the member meeting agenda for a schedule of activites per room.
The PIC@edu project
- Simplify IM deployments.
- Promote interoperability among Internet2 member IM services, including federated identity
- Make experimentation with advanced presence possible.
- Enable eventual inclusion of advanced communications services and advanced presence with a focus on enabling mobility and making PIC a pervasive application.
If after participating in this demo you believe that such a service has a possible place on your campus, and you support the goals described above, we hope you will participate in the longer-term project.
As an early step in this project, the PIC-WG will be distributing a "package" that includes a Jabber IM&P (instant messaging and presence) server with which members of our working group have had positive experiences. To help get you started quickly and easily, we will also include a basic cookbook on getting it up and running and some guidance on the readily available clients that users on common operating systems can use to access the service. Based on our initial experience, this is a low cost and low overhead undertaking that can bring real value for communications on your campus, giving you a controlled alternative to commodity services like AIM, Yahoo Messenger, and Google Talk at the server side, while still preserving access to those services in many cases from the client side.
But why not just use those commodity services?
We believe there are several good reasons. Among them are the following.
A local IM service such as this one can use your local campus namespace rather than the almost-random namespace in use on commodity IM services. It also can likely be configured to use your campus authentication systems, as it has at Penn and MIT. Together, these steps provide Identity Assurance (allows users to be easily and reliably identifed) for your local users in a way not possible with commodity IM services.
IM streams are sent through your campus network to your locally-operated server, providing data security and privacy that is not available through commodity IM services. Instant messages move only between your IM clients and the locally operated IM servers. This means that the data associated with IM for two local users need never be stored and handled by a third party server. Additionally, data (not merely the password) can be encrypted.
IM users on other Jabber servers outside your institution (such as other PIC.edu servers, Google Talk, and other jabber servers) will be able to communicate with you and your local users using an address of the simple format made popular by SIP.edu. That is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous Rich Presence Trials
The PIC-WG fosters the deployment of network-based communication technologies through demonstrations, tutorials, and initiatives in collaboration with both the private sector and open-source initiatives. This growing area will have an effect on nearly every individual within higher education and also have the potential to be a significant driver for network design, security, and middleware. The PIC-WG is engaged in a series of first light trials, which take place at Internet2 meetings. The trials demonstrate SIP-based (Session Initiation Protocol) voice, video, instant messaging and voice conferencing services over an 802.11 wireless network in the context of rich presence derived from conference calendaring and HP labs location server.