I spent a great two days at the Fraunhofer FOKUS IMS 2007 IMS workshop. My company (futuretext) is a partner of Fraunhofer FOKUS – so I am a part of the FOKUS family as Dr Thomas Magedanz (Director of Fraunhofer FOKUS) calls it.
It’s rare to see so many people, very high level of participation and also great Operator participation at events nowadays – and this event had all three ..
Hence, Fraunhofer FOKUS IMS 2007 IMS workshop was one of the best events I attended this year. Very much recommended! .
I was a part of the workshop on Mobile Web 2.0 and IMS(along with Dr Thomas Magedanz and Niklas Blum – Deputy Director of Fraunhofer FOKUS)
Here is an example why I loved this event .. It’s the quality of the discussion ..
One of the questions I asked was: Android has no SIP stack. It also has no IMS stack/interface to speak of either. What are the implications of that?
This is interesting .. It may be a gap for a start-up. Or .. It may be irrelevant – here is why ..
Basically IMS is a secure mobile connection and / or a guaranteed (QOS) mobile connection. By working at the service layer, Google overcomes some of the issues that hamper IMS type applications. In doing so, it foregoes certain applications(potentially things requiring some form of higher QOS.).
However, if the bearer is WiFi(as it is starting to be increasingly) then this does not matter because many network /telephony applications can be run over WiFi. Downside is low QOS.
In any case, the lack of IMS/SIP support is interesting and one to watch
I will have many more blogs on this event since there was a lot to learn and I am still getting to grips with it all ..
Among the people who contributed to the above discussion were Malcolm Wardlaw – Director converged services – BT group, Roberta Minerva – Long term research TIM, Thomas, Niklas and many more
And the evening social event was great .. Pasta Opera is a unique event! Even for one who has no understanding of classical music