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|Special invited speakers and presentations to the INFOBALT and IST4BALT conference and workshop|
Short information about presentations of the special invited speakers
I. "Stimulating supply and demand - Experiences from developing a Mobile Strategy for Sweden".
Mr. Peter French, Business Developer and Senior Consultant at Cybercom Group, Sweden.
This talk will address means to at a national level stimulating the supply and demand for mobile services. Experiences from the on-going work of developing a national mobile strategy for Sweden will be shared, as well as conclusions from an FP6 project aiming at stimulating the innovation capabilities of SMEs developing mobile services. Early 2005 work started at developing a mobile strategy for Sweden. The overall target is that Sweden will regain the lead as a mobile nation both as users of mobile services and as competitive suppliers. A joint effort between the Swedish government, local mobile interest organisations and industry was created and work began. The talk will address the target and initial content of the strategy as well as the process followed to develop it. An important component of a market for mobile services is to have competitive companies around for supplying well-functioning services. The talk will also address some factors that will increase the chances of success for SMEs developing mobile services. The European research project SIMS has investigated issues that will be beneficial for the innovation capabilities of these companies. Some early conclusions from this work will be shared.
II. "Introducing Intelligent Policy Management (IPM) for Mobile Service Delivery".
Mr. David Leichner, MBA, VP Marketing, Unipier, Israel
Some of the major issues and bottlenecks in service delivery are related to the implementation and management of ever-changing policies and business rules. Until now, operators were required to develop and integrate time-consuming, project-based, point solutions for each individual case. This process has proven to be costly and lengthy, diverting valuable resources and reducing the ability of operators to bring new services to market and maximize the potential of existing services. Intelligent Policy Management (IPM) is the act of efficiently defining, describing, creating, updating, executing and managing such policies. IPM addresses the challenges facing operators and provides the following benefits:
An excellent example of where an IPM solution is required is the area of Adult Content Control. Mobile adult content which includes pornography, violence, foul language or gambling, can be accessed through a mobile operators portal or through free mobile Internet browsing. While adult content holds the promise of increased revenues and is predicted to constitute a major share of mobile content services, government regulations and internal operator guidelines require operators to control and filter the content, ensuring targeted delivery. Policies regarding access control to adult content are in constant change and revision. In some cases, mobile operators are required to block access to adult content on their portal, until the user is explicitly identified as having consented to be exposed to the content (through a username, ID or PIN code). For content which is external to the operators portal, some operators employ content filtering services. To date, implementation of adult content control has required costly project-based, point solutions for individual services or sites. This presentation discusses in detail the emerging area of Intelligent Policy Management and the solution it provides to mobile operators to overcome the challenges in their existing service delivery processes.
III. "Mobile PKI: one step toward electronic society".
Ramūnas Šablinskas, Dr., Service Development Project Manager, UAB "Omnitel", Lithuania
Electronic signature will be the next piece of technology that will revolutionize daily lifes of many people in a way the mobile phones did. Electronic signature is being widely used in IT systems, but no successful public infrastructures and services reported yet. In this presentation we address the problems of electronic signature and related services and show how the mobile solutions could deal with most of these problems. We also show that mobile PKI contains all the key factors enabling the creation of successful and publicly accepted services.
IV. "Regulatory challenges of the wireless future".
Tomas Lamanauskas, Deputy director, Communications regulatory authority of the Republic of Lithuania.
Wireless market development in Lithuania: 10 year history, including legal, technological and commercial aspects of the market building. Conceptualizing the future trends of wireless development in the world: Convergence of wireless networks, services, applications and devices.
Strategic options for Lithuanian wireless market development: Technology, market issues and institutional framework.
V. " Mobile and Open Society through Wireless Technology".
Mieczyslaw Muraszkiewicz, Warsaw University of Technology, Vice President of MOST Foundation, Poland and
Janusz Kulesza, MOST Assembly member, Poland
The concept of MOST Programme (Mobile and Open Society Through Wireless Technology) has been prompted by the pressing need for generating interdisciplinary thinking and acting synergy between research scholars, practicing industry executives, content providers, and decision makers who share a strong interest in the topics of Information Society, Mobile Economy, and Higher Education Models based on interactions within and between humans and information systems. The objectives of the MOST Programme include the construction of an efficient mechanism for the flow of thought and know-how, exchange of experiences and personnel between universities and suppliers of telecommunication services, as well as the widely understood media (publishers, magazines, television, radio, etc.). It also seeks to find solutions to concrete problems through joint projects of a technical character, projects of a business character (e.g., new business models in the field of the m-commerce), and undertakings of a educational character (e.g. distance education), or sociological research. The MOST initiative focuses on setting up a sound and workable regional mechanism that facilitates broad cooperation between universities, research centres and laboratories, wireless telecommunications providers and content providers operating in Central Europe and Eastern Europe. MOST as is firmly stressed by its initiators, is an initiative open for all those interested in its topic and goals. MOST has established a Think Thank that provides strategic advice on the coverage and implementation strategy of the MOST Programme in the context of the trends occurring on the Information and Communications Technology world scene. The members of the Think Tank are some 40 distinguished managers, practitioners and researchers in the field of mobile communications, including wireless telecommunication services, education, media, governance, and business. Now, the major effort of the MOST Programme is focused on establishing a network of MOST National Focal Points in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Such institutions work already in Poland, Lithuania, and Romania. Now, MOST coordinates an EC FP6 project dubbed ALIPRO (ALIgnment of IST research PROgrammes on mobile communications in the new member states) which aims at supporting the alignment of the new member states national and regional research programmes with European IST research in the area of mobile technologies, applications, and services.
VI. "Creating Business Value for the Mobile Enterprise".
Roger Jones, Convergence business development director, EMEA, AVAYA
Enterprise Mobility is about transparently extending the same desktop communications services and applications to employees while they are mobile. Depending on the mobility profile of the business and the perceived business value, different enterprises will select different solutions. This presentation outlines the business issues often faced in considering an enterprise mobility solution, and discusses the spectrum of communications solutions that can be implemented today to integrate mobile employees into the remaining parts of the business.
VII. "National mobile strategy for Latvia".
Juris Binde, President and Chairman of Management Board, Latvijas Mobilais Telefons
The development of mobile telecommunications industry and market is a significant part of all-over ECT development and GDP growth of the country. Geographical, macro-economical and ECT competitive market situation are the main factors defining the position of Latvia in the EU and global social and economical landscape. The legal and regulatory framework and environment has changed dramatically during last few years. The increasing competition, technology convergence and new service development are leading to the new un-experienced processes. Fixed to Mobile Substitution (FMS) and increasing customers churn due to implementation of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) probably will be the new challenge for mobile operators and service providers. Latvias mobile market has developed since year 1992 when the first operator Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT) started to offer mobile services within NMT-450 network, from 1995 GSM but from 2004 - UMTS. Since year 1997 with second operator Baltcom GSM (Tele2 at present) and 2002 with first pre-paid service provider Zetcom, Latvias mobile telecommunications market has experienced fast and steady growth both in terms of customers and sales volumes. The third UMTS/GSM operator Bite Latvia promising increasing competition from year end 2005. The mobile market strategic development during next few years is expecting two main directions.
VIII. "Pervasive PKI: towards simplifying, mobility, more functionality expanding PKI-based Application".
Saulius Sidaras, Dr., associate professor, Director of State Institute of Information Technology, Lithuania and Laurynas Pacenka, Head of information and management systems department, State Institute of information technology, Lithuania
Presentation provides research material prepared during preparation of national PKI development investment project. Study was performed for existing and planned perspective objects: various types of infrastructures (PKIX, SIM, WIM, simplified, etc.), various documents, various types of signatures, Privilege Management systems (it could be analysed as a separate infrastructure) in the broadest context of existing and perspective applications with demand assessment of new type services providers in developed Trust infrastructure.
IX. "Design for Ubiquity and Mobility: the perception and analysis of Privacy and Security".
Saulius Sidaras, Dr., associate professor, Director of State Institute of Information Technology, Lithuania and Darius Rudinskas, Scientific officer, State Institute of Information Technology, Lithuania
In the presentation there are analysed several problems, which come up because of numerous expansion of identified objects and subjects in virtual space. First of all there is analysed easy covered system, when new RFID and biometric technologies are used for object identification: identified problems and their solution safety assessment are provided in privacy protection and security justification for project of travel document according to ICAO. In the other case there is saltatory increase of analysed identification, authentification, authorization, privacy protection problems of the above mentioned entities in multi-application Ubiquitous computing environment; there are provided its reasons and some directions for solutions.
X. "Mobile workplace for Warehousing. Technologies and solutions".
Antanas Jazavitas, Director assistant for the system analysis and design, Equinox Europe, Lithuania
Equinox Europe aims to be leading provider in logistics processes and optimization services in Lithuania. Equinox's main focus area includes the optimization of logistics operations, design, planning and automation of warehouses, warehouse management systems, material handling equipment, systems design, implementation of these services and support. The presentation covers:
XI. "Enterprise Unwired Convenience, Security and Effectiveness".
Evaldas Pamakštis, Key Account Manager, UAB Sybase Solutions, Lithuania
It is at the front lines of your business where you interact with customers, and where you have the opportunity to radically improve market share and profitability. Its there at the Point of Action where technology can help your employees take action, create service advantages or respond to unplanned challenges. Afaria is the front line management solution for all of the Points of Action at your organizations front lines. Our Action Architecture is built to meet the unique challenges of the front lines, managing all the devices, applications, data and communications critical to frontline success in one integrated solution. By focusing on frontline users and their managers, Afaria increases user adoption by helping you engage the frontline workers, see whats happening at the front lines, and drive frontline action, all with security features that protect your investments and data. Detailed list of topics: Purpose of the solution; Business areas of applicability; Benefits; Problems of businesses, addressed by this solution; Solution features: Security; Process automation; Data and content management; Communications management; Systems management and extensions; SW and HW management; Supported HW; Solution components; Communications enhancement; Independent evaluation.
XII. "Methods and Tools for Software Process Assessment and Improvement".
Antanas Mitašiūnas, Dr., associate professor at Vilnius University, the head of Computer Science Department of the faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, Managing director of Software development and consulting company MitSoft Ltd and Saulius Ragaišis, Dr., associate professor at Vilnius University, the head of Software Engineering Department of the faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, Project manager of Software development and consulting company MitSoft Ltd., Lithuania
The research field of the project presented is an investigation of the software process capability, a rather new and quickly developing topic in software engineering, that covers investigation of characteristics of the software process, that directly influence capability of a software company to reliably produce a software product or service of a desired quality. The project performed by Vilnius University, Kaunas Technological University together with leading Lithuanian IT companies Alna and Sintagma seeks to establish preconditions for Lithuanian IT companies to increase export of their software products and services by provision of methodology and tools supporting assessment, definition and implementation of mature software process that will enable companies to create software products and services of higher quality, to certify companies according internationally accepted standards and to disseminate information on software process improvement achievements of Lithuanian companies among potential customers in export markets. The following research results have been achieved: detailed definition of the software process capability model, which is compatible with the international standard ISO15504; description of the assessment methodology according to the model defined; software process improvement methodology has been introduced; the methodologies have been tested by running trials in the companies participating in the project; the tools supporting implementation of mature software process has been developed. After the project completion the methodology and tools will be handed over to Lithuanian software companies. Real cooperation among academic institutions and Lithuanian IT companies has been achieved in the project.
XIII. "Mobile content or Content mobile".
Darius Bagdžiūnas, General manager, UAB "Gaumina", Lithuania
The presentation is about another point of view that usually in conferences like these we talk about technical solutions, platforms, sotware and hardware. To fullfill end-users needs and/or to reach busniess objectives.
Shortly I will introduce the ways content can serve to these 2 kings (scientific categorisation and unexpected funky approaches from advertising world). I will discuss prognosis of the future content and the ways it can be used by variuos businesses. My presentation would be with apply-now advises (learned from Gauminas case studies) of how to due diligence the content situation in your company and what to do next.
XIV. "Utilization of Structural Funds in the area of ICT in Lithuania".
Markus Ludwig Wolf, CEO and Principal Consultant; UAB "Society for Information and Development", Lithuania
XV. The Strategic Objective "Mobile and Wireless Systems and Platforms Beyond 3G".
Rémy Bayou, Project Officer for Mobile Communications, European Commission Directorate General Information Society and Media, Unit "Communication networks"
The European Commission has just issued the results of the call for the Strategic Objective "Mobile and Wireless Systems and Platforms Beyond 3G" of the IST R&D Programme. More than 30 projects with 280 organisations will be funded for a total EC contribution of 152 Million . The presentation will give an overview of the portfolio of projects and the last advanced technology developments in the field of mobile, wireless and sensor networks which promise a new world of services and applications.
XVI. "Location-based services: integration of advanced technologies".
Viktoras Paliulionis, Doctor of Physical Sciences (Informatics), researcher in the Software Engineering Department of the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Lithuania
Location-based services (LBS) have become one of the fastest-growing areas based on advanced technologies. LBS provide with information and services depending on the location of the user or mobile object. The application area of LBS encompasses tourist information, mobile commerce, emergency services, automated vehicle location, etc. LBS integrate GIS, Internet, wireless communication and positioning techniques. Therefore, the development of LBS requires the cooperation of professionals of various disciplines mobile network operators, GIS technology providers, digital maps providers, and information content providers. When implementing LBS applications, available location determining technologies and capabilities of mobile terminals have to be taken into account and a wireless messaging method has to be chosen. At the moment, the spread of LBS, especially public ones, is restricted because of the lack of accurate and commonly accepted location determining technology, low data transmission rate and limited capabilities of mobile devices.
XVII. "eArchive use the advantages of progressive and world leading technologies".
Paulius Zabielskas, Sales Manager, UAB INFO-TEC, Lithuania
Today in major companies circulating documents (in paper and electronic forms) are scattered and unstructured. Because of this finding a document or ensuring, for example, that a couple different document versions will not be created becomes a problem. Not all companies can acquire reliable, secure and flexible document management system (this much software, this much hardware), administer and support it. INFO-TEC presents you our new service eArchive. During this presentation you will find out the purpose of eArchive, its advantages; you will get to know about security. Also you can see how eArchive is working in real time.
XVIII. "IST4Balt Training Course on Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) and Information Society Technologies (IST) Priority".
Alexander BERIOZKO, project manager, Dr., Mr., EDNES, France
The IST4Balt training course on FP6 and IST will be devoted to goals, strategic objectives, general structure and instruments of FP6, types of proposals and electronic submission software for preparation of proposals; how to find potential EU partners, etc. It will also cover the IST Priority of FP6. A special lecture will be devoted to the EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The training course will consist of nine lectures.
XIX. "ORGANIC - The EU Leonardo da Vinci Programme Project".
Richard MESSNARZ, Director, Dr., Mr., ISCN, Austria/Ireland, Alexander BERIOZKO, project manager, Dr., Mr., EDNES, France
The new information society is creating a need of sharing knowledge. However, most of companies are overloaded by information and at the same time are not able to manage innovation and knowledge properly. For this reason a new job profile is a need for companies. It is the Innovation and Knowledge Manager - a person who can identify the trends and achievements in technology, apply them to particular business, foresee practical technology and market advantages and develop a plan for implementation of such technology achievements. What have to be theoretical knowledge and practical skills and experiences of such a person? Project ORGANIC will try to answer such questions.
XX. " Israel High-Tech Industry High Lights & Israel Mobile System & Strategy".
Uri Har, Director General of IAEI - Israel Association of Electronics and Software Industries
Israel High-Tech Industry: How did it start. The Israel High-Tech industry in comparison to the world industry. Special high lights.
XXI. "IST4Balt contribution to World Summit on Information Society".
Alexei Gvishiani, Vice-president, Prof., Mr., EDNES, France
At the first World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) meeting in Geneva, December 2003, 175 countries adopted a Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action recognizing that science has a central role in the development of the information society. Delegates affirmed the principle of promoting universal access, with equal opportunities for all, to scientific knowledge and the creation and dissemination of scientific and technical information. Many actors and organizations already are engaged in activities that are directly aligned with those purposes, as well asin others that are closely complimentary with them in forming the technological and institutional condition conducive to the global advancement of reliable knowledge and human well-being through scientific research. There is growing interest in mobilizing public and private resources, and focusing them to support particularly promising endeavours fostering participation in e-Science globally, in developing and developed countries alike. The Global Information Commons for e-Science Initiative would be a multi-stakeholder undertaking that would be launched as an outcome of the second and final phase of WSIS. The paper shows how IST4Balt contributes to the Global Information Commons for e-Science Initiative in connection with the second phase of WSIS.
XXII. "Intrusion Detection Systems for Wireless LANs: Need for the Reference Model"
Algirdas Pakštas, DrTech, Professor, Departmental Research Director, Dept. of Computing, Communications Technology and Mathematics, London Metropolitan University, England
The speed of deployment of WLANs can be credited to their obvious benefits over the wired LANs due to avoiding use of cables. However, WLANs are coming with embedded flaw such as potentially reduced security. A number of mechanisms and techniques have been applied for defending network resources. Firewalls, encryption, authentication, vulnerability checking and other techniques can all enhance network security. One of the ways to improve security situation is by using Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS). Providing system security is one of the tasks for Network Management Systems. There are many works on network management issues towards standardization of it (TINA-C, TNM) but they are not considering WLAN security and IDS issues. There are some IDS products, which are partially addressing the needs of WLANs environment (e.g. PC-cillin from Trend Micro, Madge WLAN Probe 2, etc.). They use different terminology for describing similar or even the same functions. Also, despite few researches undertaken on IDSs for wireless ad-hoc networks, there is still no existence of clear standardized reference model for IDSs, which can help to design, compare and evaluate the IDSs. Thus, this is (a) confusing for the end-users when they have to choose right IDS for their purpose, and (b) does not help to design IDSs in the same way as many other systems are done. Such reference model for IDS for WLANs should be capable of being used in the same manner as the OSI/ISO reference model for computer networks (i.e. use of standardized terminology, clearly defined functional components, etc), namely as a reference for evaluation of the current, and development of the future generations of IDSs for WLANs. Hence, this paper intends to emphasize needs for such reference model and to formulate some principles of its building. There are briefly introduced typical functions of IDS and some terminology. IDS classification based on audit data is discussed followed by anomaly and misuse identification. Some other important issues in IDSs for WLANs are discussed. A brief overview of the proposed Reference Model is presented and related work on design of IDSs is discussed.
XXIII. "A Century into the Information Revolution: Where are we going?"
Robert J. Pefferly Jr., Dr., Managing Director, hanZaware, Estonia
The Information Revolution started approximately a century ago and has been growing at an exponential rate ever since. It is important to note that there are many parallels between our relationship of today & tomorrow and what has occurred in the past. Using the experience of what has been witnessed as well as the wisdom of visionaries such as Claude Shannon and Robert Shiller it is the hope that lessons learned could be used in a proactive manner to streamline processes such that market agents do not reinvent the wheel. Let us discuss:
XXIV. "A national mobile strategy for Estonia"
Rain Rannu, Founder, Partner, Marketing and Business Development, Mobi Solutions, Estonia
Unlike some of the neighboring markets, Estonian mobile telecommunications market has been rather stable in the last few years. The market shares of operators have remained largely unchanged despite the entrance of MVNOs and the introduction of number portability has not had a profound effect on the competitive situation.
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