3 Allumera, End-to-End, Distance Learning Solution: Distance Learning service providers must have three elements that makes it a total solution.  Production of quality content.  Collecting, Editing, Encoding and storage.  Means to deliver the content to end users. Current distance learning providers have first two elements but they lack the third one. That is a transport media to deliver content to the end users. The end users, by our definition, is any resident with a desire to learn, it may be continuing education, or a research project, or a school classes or it simply might be a cooking lessons for the lady of the house. Allumera has all of the three elements needed to be a world class Distance Learning Service provider. Here is how……….
4 Production of Quality Content: 1 st element: Production of Educational Content: Allumera provides equipment to educational institutions (EI) for the video production. It also provides training to make educational video clips or movies for digital broadcast. EI can make a simple VHS movies and give it to IBC. IBC can help EI to create a password protected web site that contains the links to various class room material that particular student can access that can be a video, audio, or data files. The interactive web site can deliver DVD quality videos. The student can control the reception and can chat with the professor at pre-set time or can leave message on the bulletin boards for help from the other students. IBC, also, provide equipment for the live broadcast for special class session or for sports.
5 VPN/FR Allumera Collects Educational Material: U of London University uplinks content to satellite. IBC stores it on server. ITT maintains Dedicated frame relay or VPN connection with IBC servers Schools send it via Wireless VHS, CD, DVD, Zip, etc. via FedEx to IBC. Encoded & stored on servers. End User WL IBCs Master Hub IBCs Server Farm Web based Content ITT Illinois A&M TX Other Trade Schools Internet
6 Method of Collecting the Material: 2 nd Element - Allumera collects the content from the EI: EI can produce content in any format of their choice:  VHS Movie Format (AVI format).  Streaming video Format (DVB/Mpeg2 compatible).  Web site that links to their video servers.  FTP format.  Digital Video format (DVD). Than transport the content to IBC by any one of the method:  Wireless Link using Allumera two-way.  Over Frame relay or VPN connection.  Physical medium such as video cassette, CD, or DVD.  Via Internet using high-speed connection such as T1.  Via satellite.
7 Allumera Receives: - broadcasts from schools, hospitals, sport center, etc. - Internet traffic from Local ISP. -video content from the satellite. Allumera converts it in to a DVB/Mpeg2 Transport stream, combine them together using Multiplexer and send it to the users. Allumera can provide 16 channels using one Multiplexer.
8 Allumera Collects the Content (Continued): 2 nd Step of 2 nd Element – Editing, Encoding and Storage: IBCs staff can edit the content as per clients instruction and convert it in to the interactive streaming video format. IBC can store the content of an EI who delivers it using frame relay, VPN, or satellite, if they desire, and if not Allumera can act as a pass through and deliver it directly to their customers. IBC maintains the web, ftp, video and file storage servers that can be made available to EIs at no charge or at very nominal charge to store their content on the Allumera networks. IBCs hub maintains broadband connection with the Internet that makes it easy for the high-velocity content delivery. IBC can receive the satellite broadcast of the educational video and either store it or re-broadcast it via Allumera. Allumera also maintains Cache servers that stores frequently visited web & FTP site for faster delivery.
9 Allumera sets up the main hub and enough repeaters to provide strong signal to every subscribers located in the area. Than delivers Allumera services via customer premise equipment. Allumera Delivers the Collected Material to Subscribers:
10 Allumera Delivers the Content to Rural Residents: 3 rd Step – Delivery of the content to the end users: The Power Point Presentation, Allumera Serves Rural NE Texas, provides detailed information on the Allumera Delivery System. Allumera delivery solution is a versatile solution that can be tailored to suit clients application. It can deliver content from its network at speed exceeding 4 Mbps and in any format. Allumera can deliver pre-recorded videos in interactive format to the students from its server or from schools server at predetermined speed. The files can be transmitted to one or to a group of students (Uni-cast or Multicast). Allumera can do live re-broadcast to one or to many students. Student can research the project themselves by browsing the data base, on their own, on the authorized sites. Allumera allows students to hear and send audio clips but the video delivery from the student is limited by the uplink speed.
11 Green Pointers: Master Hubs - Hard wired to the Internet. Blue Pointers: Main hubs - Wireless Link to Masters.
12 Why This Area?: It will be easier to continue the deployment in the neighboring region of IBCs first pilot project that is located in Dallas, TX. Our extensive travel to survey the need of the rural residents in this area indicated that there is a big demand for Allumera. As per the census bureau statistics: 78% of the residents are above the age of 21; and, has majority blue collar workers with average household income. They need affordable solution. There are more than 49 schools and 13 major educational institutions and several hospitals in these area. Let alone fast Internet connection, some of the rural communities dont have even decent dial up connection. Some communities pay surcharge or long distance charge to local telecom to use dialup Internet connection. The area is deprived of DSL, Cable and other wireless services. Satellite services are expensive and dont provide support for high-bandwidth applications, such as Distance Learning.
13 Current Network Infrastructure & CDN Offering: Content Provider End User < 56 Kbps Analog Hosting Provider Content Delivery Backbone Provider ISP POP No surprises…. the last mile is the bottleneck Actual connection speed is <56 Kbps …Result… Clients can not enjoy media rich content, high speed surfing and faster download that makes it unsuitable for…. Distance Learning, Tele Medicine and Interactive Classroom learning. Many educational facilities are looking for viable solution to deliver classes in video format….. End User High Speed > 1.54 Mbps
14 Current Content Delivery Structure: FCC reported that 2.8 million users have a high-speed access.. Majority of 110 million users uses a dialup access. Distance learning services and Media rich content providers deliver the content to the Internet at high-velocity. 56 Kbps modem can not cope with such a high-velocity so the users are unable to enjoy media rich services. Satellite systems high cost 400 kbps download speed is not good enough to deliver distance learning & media rich content. DSL or Cable is not widely available. They are not set up for the high velocity content delivery that is a must for the Distance learning services. Please see above slide for current content delivery scenario.
15 End user Allumera Solution USB Box - Allumera means High Velocity Content Delivery for The Last Mile - End user requests video-file from schools server on dialup to his ISP. - ISP passes that request to IBCs Allumera Network - Allumera fetches & Delivers video-file via Wireless at 60 Mbps. Schools servers Hosting Provider Content Delivery Backbone Provider Internet Allumera 60 Mbps
16 Allumera Delivers to the End Users: Allumera provides high speed down link connection via wireless to the end users. User may send request for file using a dialup, ISDN, etc. connection. Allumera fetches the files from the Internet, or from its own network, or from schools or hospitals to send it to the end user. Distance learning classes, Movies on demand, Streaming video, Multicasting, Data broadcasting, etc., needs higher speed on download side only. Allumera delivers educational materials in interactive streaming video format. Users can view that at their pace. Allumera can deliver real time broadcasts. Users can talk with teachers through voice activated chat room and post quarries on the bulletin board.
17 Network Architecture – Connecting Hubs & the End Users: Dallas Hub End User Wyllie-hub Internet Local ISP Internet Router IP Gateway PSTN Router Corporate Network Backbone Network Internet Video Server Berkley UCLA FTP Server Description is on Page 11.
18 Allumeras Network Architecture: Allumera can distribute the audio, video, data and graphic rich files to the end users at high-speed. Lets us first understand how Allumera obtains the files from various sources to its Hub that it will distribute to the end users. IBCs Dallas hub (D-hub) is connected to the Internet at 3 Mbps scalable to T3 or more. IBC will install one of the hub needed to provide the proposed coverage in Wylie, TX (let us call it W-hub). IBC will connect W-hub with D-Hub with 10 to 45 Mbps two- way wireless link using 5.7 GHz spread spectrum radios. IBC will install four repeaters to provide better coverage. IBC will provide two-way 11 Mbps link to the local area educational institutions, hospitals, clinics and other businesses.
19 Diagrams of Customer Premises Equipment (CPE): LAN PC TV Flat Panel, Patch Panel, and Dish Antenna In-door Antenna & Down Converter USB Box PCI Card Set top box Access Router - IBC provides complete package for the end user. That includes appropriate antenna & receiver and cable & software.
20 Cost of Allumera Services & CPE: Customer premise equipment (CPE): Small dish, Flat panel, or In-door antenna. USB Box, LAN box, or PCI card for the Laptop or PC. Set-top-box for the television set. Connecting cables and Plug & Play software. Cost of CPE, Install Charges & Monthly Service Fees: The cost of CPE $259. Equipment can be self-installed, IBC installs for $99. The cost of Allumeras services is $19.95/mo. IBCs dialup charge is $11.95/mo. User can keep their existing dialup account.
21 Allumeras Download Speed Compare to Dialup: Dialup takes long time to download large files so 74% of the dialup users are unsatisfied says Yahoo.com Allumera provides 30 to 60 times faster download than dialup service alone could.
22 Allumera Provides Best Solution to Rural America: Allumera is the only fastest speed, lowest cost alternative solution the rural America has for the Distance Learning, Tele-medicine and high- speed Internet. Distance Learning End Users will enjoy all of the following Benefits: Faster connections with lower Call Blocking Probability. Avoid the wait when accessing Web sites or servers hosted by the same provider. Enjoy DVD quality video from ISPs own network (Multicasting). Enjoy high-speed download (400 to 1.54 Mbps) from any web sites. Enjoy streaming video, movie previews, news & weather clips, etc. Enjoy inter-active games & video cams from different places. Enjoy 30 to 60 times faster web surfing than average dialup connection. Receive large files containing data, video & audio 50 times faster. Finish their work in minutes that may take hours on dialup. Enjoy redundancy and portability of two connections. Can connect to Allumera using their cell-phone. No other service providers can match the cost and quality of services.
25 IBCs Current Deployment: IBC has setup a main Hub on the tallest building in downtown Dallas that is connected to the Internet with a T1 connection. The Hub provides coverage to the area of about a 30 mile radius but needs repeaters to get to the darker areas that are behind big buildings. IBC has ordered 4 repeaters. IBC intends to use indoor antennas after the installation of repeaters that will light up the Dallas/Fort Worth market. IBC currently serves 200 customers satisfactorily. The cost of the Allumera equipment needed for the hub and repeater is provided in Attachment 4, Part 1 under Price List. IBC can provide adequate coverage to any rural city (25 to 50 miles radius) with One Main Hub and Four Repeaters. With proper coverage the end users can use indoor antenna.
26 Allumera In Action: Slide 26 through Slide 30: Provides information on how end user can connect to the Allumera, send requests on ISP established connection and receive files from Allumeras wireless service. Slide 31 through Slide 34: Provides the screen shots to demonstrate the speed of the connection from the test results. Test was done on http://www.dslreports/stest/, using ISP dialup, ISDN and Cell Phone connection. http://www.dslreports/stest/ Slide 35 through Slide 38: Allumeras benefit over other services such as DSL, Cable, Satellite & Other Wireless.
27 End User Logs in: Small Business, Hotels, Schools, Multi-Tenant Buildings, etc. LAN Residential Users Internet ISP IBC Hub Laptop ISP Client Content Provider Web Server www.test.com USB Box IBC Router USB Box Video servers Static IP- Dialup 56 Kbps Cell Phone < 14 Kbps Dialup 56kbps End users connect to Allumera User #1 User #2 User #3 Set-top-box Antenna
28 Allumera In Action – Log In Process: End user logs in with Allumera: End user connects to ISP using a modem (user 1), ISDN (user 2), cell phone (user 3), or a set-top.box (user 1). End user installs Allumera log-in client & enters his or her ID and password in to the dialogue box. End user dials in to ISP, using a dialup account, to establish a TCP/IP connection via PPP. Allumeras log-in server, at the hub, automatically connects End user to IBCs gateway, gets the users ISP Assigned IP address and MAC address of the USB box. Now the user is ready to send a request on ISPs dialup & receive via wireless. Allumeras configuration software allows the user to switch between Allumeras wireless and regular dialup service.
29 Receiving files: Residential User Internet ISP POP IBC Hub Web Server www.test.com USB Box IBCs servers User #1  User request file from web server  ISP forwards it to IBC  IBC send it to Web Server  Web server send files to IBC  IBC send it, via wireless, to user  User 1 receives it via LNB & USB Box  Surfing speed 30 to 60 times faster than dialup.  IBC sends it via wireless to User #1  ISP forwards the request to IBC  IBC fetches the files from its video or content servers farm  User 1 request movies or data from IBCs video or content servers  User 1 can get DVD quality video and data, or cached data at 1.54 Mbps to 6 Mbps. End user receives the files from the web server & from IBCs servers. Antenna
30 Receiving files from the Content Provider: Small Business, Hotels, Schools, Multi-Tenant Buildings, etc. LAN FR/VPN ISP POP IBC Hub Content Provider (CP) IBC Router  User 2 request educational Video from CP  ISP forwards request to IBC  IBC forwards request to appropriate content providers on secure frame relay or VPN connection or on the Internet.  CP sends media rich content to IBC  IBC delivers content at high velocity to User 2 User #2 Schools LAN receives files from Content Provider such as ITT. Static IP- Dialup 56 Kbps Antenna
31 Dialup User Enjoys Interactive Streaming Video (Can be Full Screen)
32 Allumera download speed - 2.284 Mbps for the Dialup residential User
33 Allumera download Speed - 2035 Kbps for Cell-phone Residential User
34 Allumera download Speed - 2.238 Mbps for the ISDN Bus. User.
35 Allumera download speed - 1.216 Mbps for the Dialup Bus. User
36 Allumera download speed - 1.216 Mbps for the Dialup Bus. User