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NETWORKED DIGITAL SERVICE METER, GATHERING AND REPORTING SYSTEM

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000130580D
Publication Date: 2005-Oct-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 24K

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Abstract

The convergence of telecom, cable and Internet service providers all carrying data for consumer and businesses looks toward a future where all such media will be carried as digital network data. Cable operators are piggybacking IP traffic on their current analog media signals. Telecom companies are offering digital traffic in tandem with analog voice services. Sprint ION, as an example, treats all voice and data as digital communications. They install a network box on the outside of a business that meters the traffic and charges businesses based on usage rather than fixed fees. Internet service providers are now partnering with telcos (i.e. Srint + Earthlink) to bundle Internet services over the wire. These are just the tremors of a major revamping of all wire and wireless communication becoming digital media. Couple that with the coming of discreet pay-for services (the .NET model of computing) where each transaction carries a micro-payment and you have the opportunity for metering, gathering and reporting this information of carriers and service providers.

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NETWORKED DIGITAL SERVICE METER, GATHERING AND REPORTING SYSTEM

The convergence of telecom, cable and Internet service providers all carrying data for consumer and businesses looks toward a future where all such media will be carried as digital network data. Cable operators are piggybacking IP traffic on their current analog media signals. Telecom companies are offering digital traffic in tandem with analog voice services. Sprint ION, as an example, treats all voice and data as digital communications. They install a network box on the outside of a business that meters the traffic and charges businesses based on usage rather than fixed fees. Internet service providers are now partnering with telcos (i.e. Srint + Earthlink) to bundle Internet services over the wire. These are just the tremors of a major revamping of all wire and wireless communication becoming digital media. Couple that with the coming of discreet pay-for services (the .NET model of computing) where each transaction carries a micro-payment and you have the opportunity for metering, gathering and reporting this information of carriers and service providers.

Imagine a network services meter that all wire service traffic enters and exits a residence or business. The meter is basically an IP router/hub that manages works in tandem with a Network Service Gathering System to allow the resident or business to transparently manage micro-payment services.

Scenarios:

1.                  John points his palm pilot at his entertainment system and selects from a menu of newly available music. John selects an album from a new artist who’s just arrived on the scene. The service request is sent over the network, out of the house and through the meter. The meter records the volume of packet traffic. The request is sent to a pay-for music service that in turn queries the user for account information, in order to ar...