Elastic Media Distribution for Online Collaboration.

The EMD project investigates how professional A/V systems can be integrated into corporate and public networks. The focus of this study is on the critical technologies required to deploy an elastic media distribution platform across networks with different characteristics. These technologies should provide a basis for online video applications capable of combining high quality with low delays, while ensuring high security and usability.

Applications for Online Cooperation

Users who want to work online can opt for non-professional audiovisual applications like Skype, or may rely on more sophisticated applications. However, non-professional applications are not always able to guarantee quality and availability, while professional applications depend on independent, static networks and specialized hardware. In any case, both systems currently make insufficient use of the huge potential for scalable computing power of cloud technology.

Media Distribution over Public or Private Networks

The EMD project investigates how it can combine the advantages of both systems into one platform. The focus of the research is on the technologies required to enable media distribution over public or private networks in a qualitative, secure and user-friendly way, with limited delays.

These technologies are related to, among others: 

  • flexible, distributed middleware;
  • Quality of Service mechanisms (QoS) for WAN and LAN levels through grid technology, software defined networking (SDN) principles and time-sensitive networks;
  • elasticity through the use of local and public cloud services;
  • ease of use for both administrators and end users.


“The EMD project researches and develops an eleastic platform for the real-time and secure distribution of audio, video and digital content through shared IT networks and cloud infrastructure.”


Elastic Media Distribution for Online Collaboration.


EMD is an imec.icon research project funded by imec and IWT.

It ran from 01.01.2015 until 31.12.2016.

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Project information


  • SDNsquare
  • Barco


  • imec - IBCN - Ghent University
  • imec - DistriNet - KU Leuven
  • imec - MOSAIC - University of Antwerp


  • Project Lead: Jürgen Slowack
  • Research Lead: Bruno Volckaert
  • Innovation Manager: Piet Verhoeve

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