From the Publisher:
This book explains the principles of intelligent telecommunications networks and illustrates them with many practical examples of applications. Although international standards are beginning to emerge, they are far from simple and this text will assist clarity in understanding the underlying principles. The enabling technologies are reviewed but much of the book is devoted to practical issues such as service control points, existing switches, call party handling etc. The principles are then extended into the technologies of mobility, broadband and the Internet, together with discussion of managing intelligence in communications and how to charge for it.Conventional video surveillance, where people sit in front of banks of TV monitors may soon become obsolete as key enabling technologies develop. This book details recent developments in machine vision algorithms capable of handling complex visual data acquired by camera systems. It also explores advances in distributed computing and distributed intelligence systems, capable of handling numerous devices and adapting to the evolution of the complex communication networks, thereby inferring a better interpretation of the dynamics of people and objects.