Objectives of the service
Figure 1 2Live experience with the telescope
The Class@cross project intends to develop a SATCOM solution integrated with the new 5G technology aiming at offering an Education Outreach platform accessible from any ICT device in order to enrich the educational opportunities with special regard to the social factors and cultural and scientific contents. The service developed will be the first for distance Education Outreach and will contribute to extend the range of learning opportunities. Research and scientific centres and cultural institutions become the content providers that integrate the educational and didactic contents developed by teachers, valorizing the rich heritage of scientific and cultural contents largely available. Thanks to both the satellite and 5G technology, end users – located at their own home/schools – can access these contents in a “live” way going beyond the virtual tour already available on the market and living an effective experience almost as the user was physically present. Moreover, research and scientific centres and cultural institutions encourage direct application, enhancement and use of knowledge in order to contribute to the social, cultural and economic development of society.
Users and their needs
The users targeted by the Class@cross service are represented by school principals, students, teachers, families. They need to:
- guarantee the prosecution of school activities in emergency conditions
- guarantee that the live/virtual proposed solution is accessible and affordable for all (equal conditions)
- facilitate the daily participation of students facing specific situations (i.e. period of long stay in hospitals, ...) to the education activities
- overcome digital isolation
- enrich the educational path with other contents more suitable to overcome the absence of social aggregation
- conceive/manage a new didactic model with the use of technology
- manage the virtual class in an easy and traceable way and have access to additional educational contents
- feel socially aggregated in difficult moments such as in lockdown anti COVID-19
- participate to entertainment and cultural initiatives
- overcome the limit imposed by the “home stay” living new and fascinating experience
- be able to guarantee to their pupils the technology and support conditions for an easy access to the solution
- guarantee correct social interactions to their pupils during the virtual/live education activities
- satisfy the necessity of social aggregation in particular difficult moments
- sharing fascinating live educational experiences with their children in order to overcome limits imposed by the lockdown and explore the “home edition education”
The pilot users will be located in Italy, but the opportunity offered by the Class@cross service are worldwide.
Service/ system concept
The solution is based on:
- the existing ONE CLASS! Open Network for Education platform https://business.esa.int/projects/one-class-open-network-for-education
- the following new elements:
A) Mobile Application to support the portability of the service and widespread the participation and accessibility. User can book the “live” participation to the Education Outreach activities.
B) Education Outreach through:
- Laboratories within schools where teachers organize lab activities and users access the contents both through the Live LAB channel and on demand and interact with teachers with the possibility to book laboratories activities.
- Live Education: live tours/visits within museums, science centres, cultural centres/institutions aiming at bring culture and science at students’/teachers’ homes, resetting distances. Openet sets up a tv/broadcasting centre within the content provider facility in order to allow the production of “live” tours and visits that can be customized. Users can create a direct link with the researcher, astronomer, cultural experts and enjoy a “live” participation thanks to the satellite and 5G technology (i.e. view the solar system through the telescope, visit the planetary, visit the Park of Rocky Churches in Matera, be involved in a school laboratory activity and interact with the teacher, visit the botanic garden, etc.). A kind of “meet the expert” with an active (and not passive) participation. The innovative factor offered is represented by the possibility to interact during the tour and start an experience based on the exchange of knowledge with benefits in terms of social interaction. Users access high quality broadcast contents thanks to the satellite technology. Schools can virtually recover the educational trip that presumably will skip due to the COVI|D-19 emergency situation and to escape from forced home stay, accompanying students to travel from home with a “live” participation.
Figure 2 Network scheme
Space Added Value
The satellite technology is used in order to guarantee high quality content production and distribution. Actually, thanks to the high uplink capacity, the audio video educational/cultural/scientific contents will be broadcasted in real time through the Class@cross platform to the user community. The uplink satellite terminal operating on KA-SAT 9° E is a full IP-based transport service that can be utilized for multiple purposes: contribution of live video and audio, file transfer, monitoring and surveillance. The transfer of content between the uplink units installed on the stakeholder (one of the content provider location) premises and Openet’s data center premises (where Class@cross platform is hosted) will operate in IP using either UDP or TCP/IP Protocols. Typically, the video is encoded in real time by an MPEG encoder at the remote location capable to stream the encoded video content in a Transport Stream over IP. The encoder will stream in RTP/UDP the video content to the public IP address of the Class@cross hosting server.
Figure 3 Live Lab activities
The CLASS@CROSS Project has been kicked-off in July 2020. The project intends to develop a SATCOM solution integrated with the new 5G technology aiming at offering an Education Outreach platform accessible from any ICT device in order to enrich the educational opportunities with special regard to the social factors and cultural and scientific contents. Research and scientific centres and cultural institutions become the content providers that integrate the educational and didactic contents developed by teachers, valorising the rich heritage of scientific and cultural contents largely available. Thanks to both the satellite and 5G technology, end users – located at their own home/schools – can access these contents in a “live” way going beyond the virtual tour already available on the market and living an effective experience almost as the user was physically present.
The Baseline Design Review was held on 16th October 2020 and both User and System Requirements were reviewed.