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Features provide extensions to a basic service, but in new systems users require much greater flexibility oriented towards their needs. Traditional features do not easily allow for this. We propose policies as the features of the future. Policies can be defined by the end-user, and allow for the use of rich context information when controlling calls. This(More)
It is argued that various factors including the increasingly ageing population will require more care services to be delivered to users in their own homes. Desirable characteristics of such services are outlined. The Open Services Gateway initiative has been adopted as a widely accepted framework that is particularly suitable for developing home care(More)
The need for policies to control calls is justified by the changing face of communications. It is argued that call control requires distinctive capabilities in a policy system. A spe-cialised policy language called APPEL (ACCENT Project Policy Environment/Language) has therefore been developed for this purpose. However the policy language is cleanly(More)
The CHISEL notation was developed by Bellcore as an informal graphi-cal notation for describing telecomms services and features. CRESS (CHISEL Representation Employing Systematic Specification) is an enhanced version of CHISEL with tightly defined rules for the syntax and static semantics of diagrams. More importantly, CRESS has formal denotations given by(More)
Despite the popularity of web services, creating them manually is an intricate task. Composite web services are defined using the evolving standard for BPEL (Business Process Execution Logic). It is explained how CRESS (Chisel Representation Employing Systematic Specification) has been extended to meet the challenge of graphically and formally describing(More)
New functionality is added to telecommunications systems in the form of features or services. However, this is a very provider-centric approach, not giving much control to the user. We consider a logic that allows the user to express preferences as to how they wish calls to be handled. This logic is encapsulated in a user-friendly policy description(More)