A Hybrid System for Multimedia Conferencing on Android Technology

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International Journal of Computer Applications (0975 – 8887) Volume 44– No11, April 2012

A Hybrid System for Multimedia Conferencing on Android Technology Nataasha Raul Manas Churi
Student, Sardar Patel Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India

Shruti Desai
Student, Sardar Patel Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India

Neelam Gulrajani
Student, Sardar Patel Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India

Asst. Professor, Sardar Patel Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India

Communication plays an important role in today's time. Globalization has led the need for crossover communication. Therefore multimedia system plays an important role in the overall communication between regions. Multimedia system provides seamless provision of multimedia services to its user. The conferencing system ensures that voice, video and other media forms are streamed efficiently to various individuals ensuring smooth real time communication. Currently, this multimedia system does not support this facility in all the mobile operating system. Thus we have proposed an Android based multimedia conference terminal system on 3g mobile phones. In this way 3G users will be allowed to communicate with individuals across regions.

General Terms
Documentation, Performance, Design, Theory

3G, Android, Client Server Architecture, Multimedia, Video Conference

Cross region communication has become increasingly important due to globalization and trade. Multimedia conference system is put to use instead of traditional conference to enhance communication efficiency, save staff‟s time and reduce conference cost. The maturity of Internet application service and the wide spreading of broadband access technology help to accelerate the development of multimedia conference system. Due to the development in networks that is the emergence of 3G networks and introduction to new smart phones has led to the popularity of the conference system on mobile phones. 3G network provides high-speed data transmission capability. The new age smart phones are intelligent and sophisticated in features and hence support enormous applications. Due to the portability feature and personalization of trends in mobile terminals, applications like multimedia conference can be easily mounted on these terminals. At present, the mainstream mobile phone operating systems include Symbian, Windows Mobile, iOS and Android. The Android operating system is the newest among all these. It has 38.1% market share according to a survey in May 2011. This percentage has been increasing regularly with the rise of smart phone users. Under this background, we have designed and proposed a Android based multimedia conference terminal system on 3G mobile phone to facilitate 3G users to attend multimedia conference.

With the introduction of relatively low cost, high capacity broadband telecommunication services in the late 1990s, coupled with powerful mobile processors and video compression techniques, videoconferencing usage has made significant inroads in business, education, medicine and media. This type of communication allows long distance communication thus avoiding the need to travel to places to share ideas, views and also leading to reduction in global warming. The rest of this paper is organized as follows. Section 2 describes related work done to get an insight of the technologies and architectures required for establishing a multimedia conference system. The proposed architecture of the multimedia conference system comprising of the building blocks of the system is presented in Section 3. In Section 4, the implementation of our application that is the working for to make a video conference call is described. Section 5 describes the evaluation of our system, where the design of our system and various options available to control or use the conference system is shown. The advantages of the proposed system over the existing system are given and are...
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